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Espargaro and Viñales getting faster

Espargaro and Viñales getting faster

Team Suzuki MotoGP continued to make strong and positive progress in the second day of testing at Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia.

Espargaro moved up into 10th position on the first two days of combined times with a lap of 2’01.344; which was over 0.8s quicker than Wednesday’s time of 2’02.225. Viñales made even greater improvements aboard his factory GSX-RR, lapping 1.24s faster than on Wednesday and posting a time of 2’01.916 around the 5.543km circuit; placing him 15th overall in the rankings.

Thursday’s test was held in sunny conditions with air temperatures of 31.9C and track temperatures reaching 52.5C. On Friday, SUZUKI MotoGP will continue to evaluate the new settings on the GSX-RRs and plan a full-race simulation testing.

Espargaro said, "I’m happy with the improvements made since yesterday as we closed half-a-second closer to the fast guys compared to the lap-times yesterday; which gives me great confidence that we are working in the right direction. We have a good set-up with the geometry of the bike and I’m getting more-used to being faster and more competitive with my new bike, so we are very happy and really looking forward tomorrow. We still need to work more with TC and rear-grip as these are the main issues right now, but I think that the time we did today was quite competitive."

Viñales was similarly positive, adding: "I attempted to try several different lines and also tried different riding styles to try to find which is the best and at the end of the session, I made a good lap, so I’m quite satisfied with the job done today. It’s rather important for me now to improve the lap times, and even step-by-step, I can feel that we are going in the right direction. I’m sure that I can improve a lot more if I have more laps and gain more experience; so I’m really keen to do as many laps as possible. We will try to make one long run tomorrow, but the primary plan is just like today; go step-by-step and target the best lap-time at the end of the day."


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