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Post-race testing in Jerez saw Maverick Viñales join the winglet club and go faster than his Qualifying time.
Not feeling he reached his full potential in the Spanish GP, Maverick Viñales was eager to get back on track for testing on Monday to attempt to resolve his issues from the race. Spinning and a lack of rear traction saw him struggle at the start of the Gran Premio Red Bull de España and Viñales was desperate to improve before heading to Le Mans for round five. New setup options were explored and Team Suzuki Ecstar believe they may have found a solution. Along with issue solving, they also tested new parts such as the winglets Aleix Espargaro used during Free Practice. While Viñales didn’t feel they made a huge difference, it was a notable improvement and he’ll likely use them in the coming races. During the race it was rear tyres which caused many of the problems, but Viñales and his team also worked with the front tyre a lot during testing. They assessed the option they didn’t run in the race and were able to make it work more effectively than in previous rounds. This work will be important, as this tyre option will be in the allocation of the next three rounds. Viñales set a 1’39.536 to end the test third fastest and improve on his time from Qualifying.
Maverick Viñales: “The feeling with the winglets is that their help is not a huge improvement, but for sure they may help in certain situations. They will not cut tenths in the time attack, but they allow me to ride a little more comfortably and this is a very big help over the race distance. Our main priority was to work on the set-up, I need to reduce the spinning and to find a better traction as Le Mans will be a very demanding track in terms of hard braking and acceleration. I tried the new tyres for the rear but mainly I liked the soft front. Over the weekend we couldn’t find the best efficacy with them, so I didn’t use them, but today with some new set-up they work very well and we will try to adopt it more consistently.”
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