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Viñales: “I regret the mistake I made in qualifying”

Viñales: “I regret the mistake I made in qualifying”

Maverick Viñales Admits that starting from 14th on the grid meant he could not achieve the result he would have liked at the Spanish GP.


Viñales in his race had to push hard from the very beginning to recover from 14th place on the grid. The crowded first corner saw him lose a couple of positions, but the positive feeling he had on his GSX-RR allowed him to stay close to the riders ahead and start gaining more and more positions as the race unfolded. As the performance of the tyres dropped, he could exploit the positive feeling he had with his GSX-RR’s chassis and keep a good pace, being able to fight for 10th position. The last few laps saw a flurry of overtakes between him and his competitors, with the series Rookie eventually finishing the race in 11th place; again very close to the top 10.

Maverick Viñales:
“I’m happy to have ended the race almost in the top 10 but for sure I regret the mistake I made in qualifying. My pace in the race was good and I did a lot of overtakes, but unfortunately when you have to make so many passes it takes you a lot of time and I couldn’t reach the pace I felt I could make; which I believe could have been around a second faster. This is what happens when you start in the middle of the grid instead of nearer the front. I think we have the potential to legitimately aim for the third-row and starting from there would mean a much easier race for us. I need to improve my style and my approach to qualifying. I’m still a rookie with the softer tyres so it’s taking some time, but I feel confident that we are following the right path to improve.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA, RAC, Maverick Viñales, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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