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Viñales: “I’m sad with this result”

Viñales: “I’m sad with this result”

Maverick Viñales continues to learn in his rookie season, battling changing conditions at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

A cold and wet day awaited the MotoGP™ World Championship on Sunday at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit; rain falling overnight and heavy fog delaying action on Sunday morning. Teams and riders had the 20 minutes morning Warm up session to adapt their MotoGP™ machines for the conditions before it was time to race. The 24 lap contest started wet, but by the end a dry line would emerge which would see many riders struggle for grip as tyres dropped. Maverick Viñales made a good start to the race aboard his Team Suzuki Ecstar machine and was able to gain positions. Unfortunately Viñales was unable to stay with the riders ahead and began to slowly drop back.

With 11 laps remaining, the Suzuki rider fell at Turn 11 as he suddenly lost the front, unable to re-join due to the damage sustained on his GSX-RR. This is only the second time that Viñales has failed to score points in what has been an incredible rookie season in the premier class. Experienced Team Suzuki Ecstar teammate Aleix Espargaro sits just seven points clear of young Viñales in the world championship standings as the battle for 11th and the honour of top Suzuki.

Maverick Viñales: “I’m sad with this result because I felt I could do much better. We have no experience in the wet and for this reason I was pretty happy on how the warm-up went. I felt pretty competitive and confident. In fact my start in the race was not bad, even though I needed the early laps to find confidence, so I lost some positions. Then I managed to find a confident race pace, that allowed me to improve and get very close to the top 10, but unfortunately I then crashed. I had some issues with the gearbox: I couldn’t make the proper gear-changes, so in turn 11, I was braking hard and suddenly lost the front. It was such a fast crash that I didn’t even realise what had happened, now we are investigating the possible causes so we can learn for the future. For sure we have much room for improvement in wet conditions, both for the machine set-up and electronics but also myself in the riding style and tyre and grip management.”


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