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Viñales: “My best lap was done with the old chassis”

Viñales: “My best lap was done with the old chassis”

Another positive day of testing for Maverick Viñales who is again towards the top of the time sheets.

After an incredible Phillip Island test, young Maverick Viñales continued his fine form as he ended the first day of testing in Qatar in second position. Although he does not yet have access to the fully seamless gearbox, the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider was able to set a 1’55.880 on his 28th lap of 44. This time was just 0.428s behind Jorge Lorenzo’s (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) session topping time. Pushing for a fast lap was not Viñales’ focus, he instead looked to find consistency while comparing the 2015 chassis to the 2016 version. His best time came on the 2015 model frame, but Viñales believes there is still a lot more to come from the newer version.

Suzuki test rider Takuya Tsuda spent the first day of the test continuing to assess the fully seamless gearbox, the version run by Viñales and Aleix Espargaro only seamless on the up-shifts. It is yet to be decided whether or not the factory pair will run the gearbox during testing, but signs are positive they will get to at least test it during the final two days.

Maverick Viñales: “I’m happy with the work we could do today and for the result of this first day. We didn’t focus on testing so many things but more to find consistency in the improvement of the setting and the electronics. We have tested both the 2015 and 2016 chassis and the results are positive. Although my best lap was done with the old chassis, my feeling is that with the new one we are already very close and this leaves us a lot of room for improvement. We made many laps and did a huge amount of work, the times here are getting very, very fast these days; for example, my lap time is already almost one second faster than last year’s race, therefore we really need to keep on working. I feel very confident with the front tyre, while we still need to work on the rear as we couldn’t find the perfect grip yet, so we can improve further.”


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