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Viñales: “The machine has more potential"

Viñales: “The machine has more potential'

A difficult start to the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon limited the MotoGP™ rookie’s progress in the race, ending 11th.

Starting down in 12th, Maverick Viñales was ready for a hard fight in Aragon, but found the early laps difficult as several riders around him had opted for softer tyre, allowing them to start strong. The Team Suzuki Ecstar rider found himself floundering outside the points in 17th at mid race distance before his tyres and solid race pace began to come into effect.

Slowly but surely, Viñales picked his way through the field to a steady 11th, where he would remain till he crossed the line. It was an overall positive race for Suzuki as Viñales’ teammate Aleix Espargaro ended the day in sixth. This positive upward swing for both Suzuki riders has the entire team filled with confidence for the final four rounds of the 2015 MotoGP™ World Championship. Both Viñales and Espargaro are in contention for eighth in the world standings, a double top ten finish for the riders would be an incredible return for the Japanese manufacturer.

Maverick Viñales: “Finally the result in the race is a little better than expected and I am happy that we could improve over the three days. Friday was really awful, so it is a great result to be as competitive as we were come Sunday. Of course we still have a lot to do, my team-mate took sixth so this means that the machine has a higher potential and we need to find the better way to exploit it. At the beginning of the race I did a good start and was preparing to overtake someone in the first corner, but unfortunately I had many troubles with the grip on the rear and I couldn’t accelerate enough to complete the move. Then I was in a group of riders using softer tyres, making them more competitive on the first laps, and I had to stay there and fight to keep my pace.”

“Finally their performance dropped while my choice of tyres paid-off and I could overtake many of them. Being consistent is always the key for me and finally this race proved that it is true. We still have a lot to do, Japan won’t be easy, but we must be happy for the improvements we’ve made. It’s not easy to recover from a bad day such as Friday was but we did, and the 11th place is a good result.”


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