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By Team Suzuki Ecstar

Viñales: "We had potential for the front row"

Team Suzuki Ecstar rider looking to move forward in the race as he lines up P4

Maverick Viñales (Team Suzuki Ecstar) is beginning his final race with Suzuki from the head of the second row at the Circuit de la Comunitat Valenciana, after finding tyre temperature a challenge on his final run in Q2. Viñales, who seems to be a key contender for the victory and podium on Sunday, is happy with his pace for the race - and is looking for a good start to allow him the chance to fight for it.

Maverick Viñales (P4): “The qualifying didn’t go as I was expecting, we had the potential for the first row but unfortunately we didn't take out all our best. We decided to try a new strategy, with three runs instead of the usual two, but it takes me some time to warm-up the tyre in the proper way so in the last attempt, with only one lap to go, I couldn’t improve as I wanted. Anyway, the day has been positive, this morning I could be fast and then in FP4 we tested a very good pace. I’ll have the chance of being in the front in the beginning if I’ll make a good start tomorrow, and then I’ll probably be able to exploit the positive pace I have.”

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