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Viñales: “I’m struggling to find good confidence”

Viñales: “I’m struggling to find good confidence”

Maverick Viñales left Japan with valuable experience and is hopeful of better things at the Pramac Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

For the second time in his rookie campaign, Maverick Viñales failed to finish a Grand Prix. Even though his weekend ended in a crash the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider took valuable information away from the Japanese GP, able to improve the setting of his GSX-RR greatly over the course of the weekend. The hard braking and heavy acceleration of the Motegi circuit did not play to the strengths of the Suzuki, but even so Viñales felt he was on course for a strong result before a small electrical problem ended his charge.

All eyes are now focused on the Australian GP at the legendary Phillip Island circuit, a personal favourite of many riders. The fast and flowing nature of the track should suit the Suzuki and Viñales’ riding style better than stop and go Motegi. Fridays during a MotoGP™ World Championship weekend have been difficult for Viñales as he has struggled to find confidence early in a weekend, a weakness he has been working on improving. A focused effort and clear direction to follow on Friday evening will be critical for a successful Australian GP for Suzuki and Viñales.

Maverick Viñales: “I came away from Japan being aware that even though it was not a positive weekend in terms of the final result it was, in fact, one of improvement. We did a very positive job throughout all the weekend, improving the feeling session-after-session. On Friday I had so many troubles trying to be fast but then on Saturday I could rely on a more effective set-up and finally entered Q2 and finalising a good balance on the bike for the race. If it wasn’t for a little electronic issue we had in the race I think I could have scored a very positive result, despite being aware that Motegi was not suitable for our machine’s characteristics. That’s not the situation for Phillip Island; the circuit is much faster and smoother, which is good for our GSX-RR and also for my riding style. Lately I’m struggling to find good confidence at the beginning of the weekend and it is important to be able to be competitive from Friday. We need to work in order to get back to what we had in middle of the season when we found a good working method that allowed me to be much more confident. I know we can do that, we have already proved that, therefore we will apply ourselves in this direction, keeping calm and being aware of our potential.”


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