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Viñales: “It is such a historic circuit”

Viñales: “It is such a historic circuit”

MotoGP™ World Championship rookie Maverick Viñales prepares for the second half of his debut season in the premier class.

Currently leading the rookie of the year standings, Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales has impressed many in the first nine races and has even been able to battle with highly experienced teammate Aleix Espargaro. No other rookie in MotoGP™ history has been able to score points in the first nine races and Viñales will be aiming to continue his run at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, boosted by a test at Misano before the summer break.

Of his four visits to the brickyard Viñales has been able to finish on the podium three times with a best of second in 2011 and again in 2014 when he moved up to the Moto2™ class. While a podium is still a ways off for Suzuki and Viñales, the young Spaniard has shown he and the bike are capable of at least one fast lap as he secured second on the grid at the Catalan GP earlier this year.

Maverick Viñales: “This summer break has been very positive for me, I could train a lot and get ready for the second-half of the season, but we also made the tests in Misano and the outcome was really important. We could learn a lot about the machine and find new directions to follow for its set-up. We know that we need to be more effective from the very beginning of the race weekend and be immediately competitive in order to develop the bike and be fast in qualifying, therefore improving our start position. This is crucial in all races. Indy will be fascinating, as it is such a historic circuit, but it will also require us to make a big effort to be competitive, thanks to its layout. After the first half of the season I feel that the team is giving me every support and this summer break has meant that I could train hard, so I’m feeling in good shape to get back riding.”


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