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Maverick Viñales ends the second day on top of the timesheets in Qatar despite not getting his hands on the fully seamless gearbox yet.
The second day of MotoGP™ testing in Qatar was another step forward for Team Suzuki Ecstar’s Maverick Viñales, who topped the classification with a best time of 1’55.436 in his 28th out of 42 laps around the Losail circuit.
The young Spaniard has been working very hard to finalise the preparation of his GSX-RR, with a step-by-step approach, which has allowed him to stay consistently within the fastest riders.
On Thursday he continued the work on the set-up and the electronics, leaving the testing of the new ‘up-and-down’ seamless gearbox until Friday, but Thursady's time was already 0.444s faster than his best of Wednesday and nearly two-tenths-of-a-second closer to his qualifying time from 2015.
Friday marks the final day of official preseason testing for MotoGP™ with the action kicking off at 4pm local time at the Losail International Circuit, before the season starts at the same venue with the Qatar GP on the 20th March.
Maverick Viñales: “This was another positive day, not only for the fastest lap but also for the huge job we have done. The step-by-step approach is paying back and my lap times are good also in terms of pace. Although we worked hard to prepare for the races, I scored the best time and this gives us very good hopes. I’m still working to decide the chassis, we’re still trying both the 2015 and 2016, because we still have issues to verify and room for improvement. The positive is that although my best lap came with the 2015 chassis, the lap times are very close between the old one and the new one, leaving us with many options. As I said, I focused to prepare for the race, so today there was not time to try the new seamless gearbox, as we want to check things within all our configurations. Tomorrow may be the right chance to test it, even though we have also planned a race simulation to verify our consistency on the long distance. For now I’m positive, the leading position is a good feeling although I’m aware there is still a lot to do.”
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