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Could we see a Yamaha holeshot device at Sepang?

Speaking to, Viñales confirms the Iwata factory are working hard on improving their starts for 2020

Yamaha look set to debut a holeshot device at the Sepang MotoGP™ Official Test in February after Maverick Viñales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) confirmed to the Iwata factory are “working very hard” to have something ready for Malaysia.

The holeshot device is something that we first saw with Ducati at the Twin Ring Motegi in 2018, with both the factory riders and Pramac Racing's Jack Miller using them throughout the 2019 season. Aprilia Racing Team Gresini have also been using their own version from the middle of last season, so is it the turn of Yamaha to unveil their idea at the start of 2020?

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According to Viñales, the start is Yamaha’s main focus heading into the new campaign. The Spaniard struggled for a lot of 2019 to get a good launch and a solid opening few laps under his belt, costing him valuable places and ultimately the chance to fight for more victories. However, with the likely introduction of a holeshot device, could this be the final piece of the puzzle that will see Viñales and other Yamaha’s mount a title threat this season?

“I think we have a really good compromise right now,” said the double 2019 race winner, eluding to Yamaha’s package as a whole. “We are fast in many tracks. I think our chassis is fantastic. Our top speed is not the best, but we can manage.

“For me, the most focus to improve is the start. The start is very important because all Yamahas lose many races at the start. So we are working very hard at the factory, maybe to make a device for the start like other competitors or something new. And we will try to have it ready in Malaysia. So I think our focus [for 2020] is on the start and then not to lose so much top speed.”

The three-day Official Sepang Test begins on Friday 7 February, with the track open from 10:00-18:00 local time (GMT+8) on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. You’ll be able to keep up with the action via Live Timing across the three days, while a live After the Flag episode with MotoGP™ commentators Matt Birt and Steve Day and pitlane reporter Simon Crafar – our man on the ground at Sepang – will air at the end of each day. Highlights and interviews will also be available on from across the three days as we look forward to seeing bikes on track for the first time this year.

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