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It’s been a good couple of weeks for Maverick Viñales, backing up his first MotoGP™ podium with a third premier class front row start.
Maverick Viñales was not caught up in the initial rush out of the pits when Q2 began, waiting for clear track and leaving with just Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) near him. The two circulated together, each taking turns in front and behind with Rossi spending the majority of the session in Viñales’ tow. In would ultimatley be Rossi who set his fastest lap behind Viñales' benefitting from the slipstream of his future teammate. On his seventh and final lap of the session the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider set a 1’46.598, netting him second on the grid and matching his best Qualifying in the blue ribbon class. Viñales arrives in Mugello after taking his first MotoGP™ podium and is out to take Suzuki’s first back-to-back podiums since Chris Vermeulen in 2008. Claiming a podium in Mugello would be especially impressive as Suzuki haven’t managed that since Australia’s Daryl Beattie finished second back in 1995, the year of Viñales’ birth.
Maverick Viñales: “Well it’s a great day, I did an incredible lap but anyway we have been performing for the whole weekend. I’m very happy for how the team supported me and finalised my machine. I’ve been feeling confident since the very beginning here and for the whole weekend so far and we took profit from that. I tested my pace in FP4 and we still lack a little bit, so I will try my best for a good start and hold the position and to fight with the leading group. This race will be very hard-fought and I want to stay in there.”
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