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Viñales: “I feel more confident now than last year”

Viñales: “I feel more confident now than last year”

Maverick Viñales left the first day of the Phillip Island test full of confidence after setting the second fastest time.

Mixed weather conditions hampered the first day of MotoGP™ testing at Phillip Island in Australia today with alternate dry and wet conditions leaving many teams unable to find a proper set-up to lap consistently, which delayed the testing program.

Yet despite these hard conditions Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales put in 20 laps aboard his GSX-RR, tested a few new things - in particular some different electronic set-ups - and placed second on the timesheets.

Viñales will not have access to the new fully seamless gearbox at Phillip Island as Suzuki’s test rider Takuya Tsuda is still evaluating it. The factory riders hope to get their hands on it at the Qatar test.

Despite this Viñales managed to set a best time of 1’32.483 on his 20th and final lap of the day to finish in second, 0.719s off the pace of Petrucci.

Day two of the Phillip Island test kicks off at 9.45am local time on Tuesday.

Maverick Viñales: “Today was very difficult conditions, but we managed to ride some laps and this was positive. We didn’t really test anything specific, we just wanted to verify some set-ups in the electronics, mainly to take some advantages for tomorrow. I feel more confident now than last year, the 2015 season was really helpful for me to grow and also become more focused and sharp when it comes to giving feedback to my engineers and asking for modifications. This new electronics are putting all riders under pressure, we still have so many things to learn before we can manage it properly, but this is also something that is renewing the enthusiasm. I spent all the winter training to get fit, now it’s time to focus on the machine. In Sepang we had some positive improvements which gave me positive feelings, but now I’m really curious to continue the development and get closer to the top.”


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