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Viñales: “The first corner affected my whole race”

Viñales: “The first corner affected my whole race”

A first wet weather race in MotoGP™ for both Maverick Viñales and Suzuki at the Octo British Grand Prix.

As a rookie in the MotoGP™ class, almost every race is a new experience for Maverick Viñales and in Silverstone he was introduced to racing a 1000cc prototype MotoGP™ machine in the wet. The wet race provided not only Viñales with a new experience, but also Suzuki who had not raced in the wet since re-joining the MotoGP™ World Championship in 2015. Unfortunately Viñales was expecting more from the race but found himself avoiding his Team Suzuki Ecstar teammate Aleix Espargaro in the first corner, pushing Viñales to last. The young MotoGP™ rider rallied and was able to fight through to 11th, roughly six seconds behind his teammate.

Were it not for the first corner incident Viñales felt he could have be closer, if not inside, the top ten. But he leaves Silverstone satisfied having competed in his first fully wet race with a clear idea on how to improve in future wet races. After the British GP, Viñales sits 11th in the World Championship with 67 points and perhaps most impressively, is seven points clear of his highly experienced teammate Aleix Espargaro.

Maverick Viñales: “Unfortunately the first corner affected my whole race. I saw another rider fall in front of me after having hit Aleix and I had to brake very hard not to crash into his bike and go wide in the turn, leaving me in last position. I tried to push hard to recover and I could make fast and consistent laps. Probably if I could have kept my starting position from the very beginning I could be very competitive and closer to the top-six. The important thing is that we had our first race in the wet and my feelings were very positive; for sure we have a lot of things we can improve, which is understandable.”


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