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Viñales impresses again as victories continue

Viñales impresses again as victories continue

The 2014 Moto2™ Rookie of the Year Maverick Viñales is the form rider in the class and with a third victory in four races on Sunday at Sepang he impressed again – ahead of his move up to MotoGP™ for 2015.

With the win in Malaysia 19 year-old Viñales has now racked up four victories in his debut intermediate class campaign, achieving a total of nine podiums and has already surpassed the record for a Rookie in Moto2 in 17 races. That record was previously held by Marc Marquez with 251 points from 2011.

Viñales now has 274 points from 17 races, more than the winning total of 265 which gave Pol Espargaro the Moto2 World title in 2013 – when there were 17 races in total.

Reviewing the Sepang race Viñales commented, “It was incredibly difficult. In the first part of the race I was really smooth with the gas so that’s why I couldn’t catch the leaders. Then I concentrated, I tried to do my best. And when I saw Kallio lost a little bit on the long corner I tried to pass and pull away. I think we made a really good job.”

He continued, “It was probably was the hardest race I’ve ever ridden because the conditions were so extreme. The tactics we prepared with the team were to go easy during the early stages to avoid having problems with the rear tyre later. I’m very happy that everything worked perfectly.”

Viñales heads for MotoGP next year joining the returning factory Suzuki team. He will depart from the Paginas Amarillas HP 40 team with whom he has worked well this season and he concluded, “The team and I are doing a great job and this means we’re able to have a very good season finale. In Valencia I hope to say a good farewell to Moto2.”


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