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Viñales: “We are much more competitive than last year”

Viñales: “We are much more competitive than last year”

Maverick Viñales returns to the scene of his first World Championship victory on board an ever-improving GSX-RR.

Round five of the MotoGP™ World Championship takes place at the Le Mans circuit in France, a track with a lot of history for Maverick Viñales. Back in 2011 he took his first ever 125cc win in just his fourth race in the World Championship, besting class expert Nico Terol in a thrilling battle. Viñales also took victory in the 2013 Moto3™ race and scored a solid ninth place finish in his rookie MotoGP™ season. With fond memories from 2015 and a productive Jerez post-race test now behind him, the Team Suzuki Ecstar rider is adamant he can continue to improve both himself and the GSX-RR. In the Jerez test, Viñales and Suzuki focused on improving the bike during hard braking, work that will be vital for the tight and technical Le Mans circuit.

Maverick Viñales: “After Jerez I had confirmation that we made great improvements, but also that they are not enough. We have a lot of room for improvement and we must be good in exploiting our better potential. We are much more competitive than last year and this makes me confident for the job we are doing; also in Jerez in the test we made big steps forward and we found different solutions that will help us a lot. Le Mans will not be an easy track, but we are working hard and hopefully this will pay us back. We know which areas we still miss-out on and our understanding of the machine and electronics has increased a lot, so this will help us to find better solutions.”


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