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Viñales: “I feel comfortable with them”

Viñales: “I feel comfortable with them”

Maverick Viñales is positive after the first day of testing in Valencia after getting to try out the new Michelin tyres for the first time.

Team Suzuki Ecstar’s 2015 Rookie of the Year Maverick Viñales spent the first day of the Valencia test running the same setup from Sunday’s race on his GSX-RR to allow him to evaluate the new Michelin tyres for 2016. It is the first time Viñales has had a chance to ride on the new tyres and his first impressions were extremely positive as he finished the day fourth fastest on the timesheets with a 1’31.720, only 0.168s of the pace of Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez.

On Wednesday Maverick will focus on trying to adapt his 2015 machine to the new tyres and trying to find a good setup from which to progress.

Maverick Viñales: “Today we have focused mainly in finding the feeling with the new tyres and my judgement so far is very positive and I feel comfortable with them. I could have been more effective in the braking as the rear is so stable, allowing me to be effective in the entrance of the corner and also in corner-speed. The character of these tyres is different from the previous ones, we need to better understand how they react and the crash I had today is proof of this: I suddenly lost the front without any warning; my feeling is that they have much-more grip at the rear but still some uncertainty about the front. This will affect my riding style because I will probably have to load the front more to keep it more stable.

“In the afternoon we started to introduce some little adaptations in the setup and the electronics to see the reactions and to prepare tomorrow’s job. But I think we can be satisfied with today, we did a good job with a good fast lap-time, but also the consistency is very good, when the tyres get worn I still feel I can trust them.”

MotoGP, 2016, VALENCIA MOTOGP™ OFFICIAL TEST, Maverick Viñales

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