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Viñales: “Suddenly many riders overtook me”

Viñales: “Suddenly many riders overtook me”

Another top ten finish for Maverick Viñales who recovers from a poor start at the Malaysian GP.

On paper the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix was not going to be an easy race for Team Suzuki Ecstar. Boasting two long straights connected by a tight hairpin the Sepang International Circuit did not suit the Suzuki GSX-RR, which struggles to match the top end speeds of other MotoGP™ bikes. But both Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaro were able to finish inside the top ten and bring in more valuable points. Rookie Viñales made a poor start to the race and was quickly swallowed up by other riders.

Lap after lap Viñales’ confidence grew and his pace improved, the talented Spaniard quickly picking off the riders ahead of him as he closed in on his teammate. The two became locked in a close battle for seventh, Viñales just missing out as the two dove into the final corner. He did take many positives from the race, including his pace on worn tyres and is hoping to end the season well back in Valencia, Spain.

Maverick Viñales: “The start was the key of today’s race. Unfortunately I couldn’t do so well as when the lights went out, suddenly many riders overtook me. I lost many positions and when this happens it is always very hard to recover. Then I found a good pace, even if I still suffered with rear grip. I’m disappointed with the result, we knew this track was hard for us but then in practice we found a good performance, therefore our expectations for the race was better than this. Let’s see in Valencia, I think that the work we are doing is positive and will take us to the point where we deserve to be.”


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