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Viñales: “I still feel the rear tyre spinning a lot”

Viñales: “I still feel the rear tyre spinning a lot”

A chance to try the new frame for Maverick Viñales, but rear grip issues remain for the Suzuki rider.

The second day of the MotoGP™ World Championship test in Sepang was all about assessing new parts and settings for Maverick Viñales in order to give the engineers at Suzuki’s headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan more data and feedback. The comments and data provided by Viñales will be crucial for the engineers as they seek to understand how to best set up and develop the Suzuki GSX-RR for the new electronics and tyres in 2016. Tuesday saw Viñales spend a vast amount of time on the 2016 bike, the young Spaniard pleased with the upgrades and able to make improvements throughout the day. A best time of 2’01.421 saw Viñales just outside the top ten in 11th. Both Viñales and Bradley Smith completed 59 laps of Sepang, more than any other rider.

Maverick Viñales: “To me it’s been a positive day, we tested so much with the new electronics and I also had the chance to try the new chassis. We did a positive job, although I still feel a lack of confidence from the rear. I still feel the rear tyre spinning a lot so we have to better understand this issue. We are very competitive on tracks with very grippy tarmac, but when we come to circuits like this or Austin and Argentina, where there is much less grip, we suffer this traction issue. I got very good sensations from the new engine, its power has increased, but the delivery is smooth and manageable. We improved a lot in the electronics today, but we still need to investigate, it gives us many options but we have to understand how to manage them. Apparently we won’t get soft tyres tomorrow so we will probably focus more and more to find a better confidence and set-up for the hard tyre, so that we create a consistent database of information.”

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