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Viñales: “We must keep our feet on the ground”

Viñales: “We must keep our feet on the ground”

Maverick Viñales remains focused on the task at hand despite ending the Phillip Island test on top of the combined timesheets.

Three days of MotoGP™ testing at Phillip Island in Australia have seen Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Viñales consistently within the fastest riders, ending in top position in the combined classification due to his lap of 1:29.131 from the second day.

The time was a result of consistent improvements Viñales had made during the test, highlighted by second place on Wednesday and Friday. The young Spaniard not only topped the classification, but also completed an important job in the development of his 2016 GSX-RR, taking full benefit of the improvements unveiled in Malaysia and Australia by Suzuki’s R&D department in Japan; the new engine specifications, the seamless gearbox, chassis and electronic configurations.

Phillip Island was also important for the Suzuki Factory and Team Suzuki Ecstar engineers to collect crucial information from Test Team rider Takuya Tsuda. His work never focused on the timesheets but rather on the machine development; his GSX-RR equipped with the new incarnation of the seamless gearbox, which will now be evaluated by the technicians to decide its final set-up and deployment on factory riders’ machines in the future.

Team Suzuki Ecstar will now head back home for a short time before heading to Qatar, where on March 2nd-4th is the final official test before the beginning of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship.

Maverick Viñales: “First of all I must say I’m ok after the crash this morning: I went out with a new tyre but probably the temperature was still too cold and I lost the front, but I didn’t suffer any injuries. Today has been another positive day, although I couldn’t improve my lap time, but we are aware of the reason why this happened. We focused on testing different configurations of the new chassis and this took us some time; maybe if I continued with the previous one I could have done a better time but it is important for us to us to work with a long term vision and exploit the tests for what they are. The development of the machine for the season is still a long way off and we still have much potential that we need to investigate. For sure I’m happy in how this test went overall, we made solid progress both in the single lap performance and for the consistency, even though the variable weather didn’t allow us to really test a race simulation.

“For Qatar it will be important to further investigate the electronics; it is still a field where we miss experience as it’s completely new, but we have already done much work for this and collected a good amount of data, which will be useful for us. Of course ending a test at the top is a good feeling that makes you comfortable for the future, but we must keep our feet on the ground and stay focused on the development plan we have set.”


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