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Viñales: “I want to see myself with the number one”

Viñales: “I want to see myself with the number one”

With riders like Valentino Rossi tipping Maverick Viñales for greatness, it seems a matter of when not if he’ll achieve it.

There’s little doubt that Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is one of the MotoGP™ World Championship’s fastest rising stars. He has been flagged by many as being the next rider to join the elusive aliens, with ‘silly season’ now in full swing the young Spaniard could quickly become very popular with a number of teams. Regardless of who he’s with, Viñales’ goals remain clear in the coming years: “I want to see myself with the number one in two or three years. For sure I want it now, but now it’s impossible because the bikes needs to improve and I need to have more experience. But I think that in the future I can be strong and I can be one of the riders to win the championship.”

It’s not just fans and journalists tipping Viñales for greatness in the future, a certain Valentino Rossi (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) has also expressed how impressed he is with him: “Viñales is a really good rider and he will be very strong.”

Rossi has always been a hero and a reference for Viñales, but now it’s time to start challenging his idol: “It feels good that a rider like Valentino that has so much experience and has seen many riders says something like this about you. It means that you are doing things good. Since I was a kid he was the one who was winning and the one that I was following. He has always been my reference. For sure I can learn everything because he has so much experience, many championships and for sure he has the speed to go fast. But I think at the moment I feel quite good as a rider and I think we are quite competitive. My feeling is that at the moment the bike needs to make another step and we can be there; I think in nearly all the races. I have been always working so good under the pressure and I feel good because when I have pressure normally I do my best, so I like pressure.”

As more and more factory seats open Viñales’ options for 2017 and beyond continue to grow, could he partner his hero Rossi or will he remain and attempt to become a new Kevin Schwantz for Suzuki?


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