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Viñales: “We tested many many things”

Viñales: “We tested many many things”

A private two day test concludes for Suzuki at the Sepang International Circuit, Maverick Viñales pleased with progress.

Maverick Viñales and the Suzuki test team were able to debut and assess their new seamless gearbox at a private two day test in Sepang. Aleix Espargaro, Viñales’ teammate in the Team Suzuki Ecstar squad, was meant to attend but suffered an accident while out training forcing him to miss the test. Both Takuya Tsuda and Nobuatsu Aoki were present to help Viñales gather data ahead of the 2016 season. All three tested the new Michelin tyres and the unified software that will be mandatory in 2016. The eagerly anticipated seamless shift gearbox also made its appearance on the GSX-RR as Suzuki seeks to make more gains.

It was an intense two days with hundreds of laps completed by the three riders and all were satisfied with their progress. The evolution of the GSX-RR was enjoyed by Viñales who was also overjoyed with the new gearbox. The team now return to Japan for more in factory development over the winter.

Maverick Viñales: “These two days have been very intense; we tested many many things and I’m happy because I could try the 2016 electronics. The first touch was positive and it left me with the feeling that it has a great potential, but we still have so many things to work on and there’s room to improve. I’m also happy I could test the new seamless, we were expecting it and my impression is very positive. The track was not really clean which meant I couldn’t push really hard, but for our team the testing was good. Now we have plenty of information to work on during the winter and get ready for the next test in February. To go for the winter break with such a good feeling is positive and it gives me great hopes for the further improvements. Now I can take a little rest and then start training again to be ready for the next tests in February.”

Davide Brivio (Team Manager): “These have been two very intense days but the outcome of the test is positive. We had few things to test, among which we managed to test the new seamless gearbox and I am happy that Maverick had a first positive impression. We also had the chance to compare some chassis parts and gathered important information for the winter development. We also started to work with the 2016 unified software - the test team already started with it in Valencia a couple of weeks ago - and we also gave it to Maverick. On this area we still have much work to do but the start was positive. For us this test has been very important to give the directions to work-on in the winter that we were called to do. We also tested new tyres for Michelin and found some good improvements to be worked on further in the future.

“In February we will be testing here again for the first IRTA test and we will try to finalise then even further improvements, especially in electronics. Unfortunately, Aleix could not join us so he will have a chance to test those items in February, hopefully after further improvements. We also had the support of our test riders Tsuda and Aoki who ran many laps to further investigate the new software and fine-tune the seamless gearbox.”

MotoGP, 2016, Maverick Viñales, Team SUZUKI ECSTAR

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