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Maverick Viñales (Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) is used to topping timesheets in 2017, but the 2013 Moto3™ World Champion had his first defeat of the year in Q2 at the Gran Premio Motul de la Republica Argentina – although he still lines up a solid P6 on the second row.
The rider from Roses says he’s not disappointed, however: struggling with rear grip in his first time on the bike in the rain, he was still top Yamaha – and race day looks like it could be dry.
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Maverick Viñales, P6: “I‘m not disappointed. We struggled a bit with the rear grip and I don‘t know why. I felt some strange sliding on the wet, completely different than on the dry, so we have to analyse it. I think we still have to work. It was the first time I went out on the Yamaha in the rain, so there is a lot of work to do on the wet set-up, but I‘m happy. In the end, I‘m the first Yamaha and Valentino is always really fast on the wet, so I‘m quite satisfied and confident. It‘s only the second row. From there I can have a good start and also contend for the victory tomorrow.”
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