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Old 03-03-2016, 07:42 AM   #1
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A confident Viales focuses on consistency

The young Spaniard finished day one just 04s behind the 2015 World Champ

MAVERICK Viñales has had yet another positive day of testing after he finished second on day one of the Qatar test.

After an incredible Phillip Island test, young Viñales has continued his form as he ended the first day of testing in Qatar in second position.

Viñales put the Suzuki Ecstar in second with a 1:55.880 on his 28th lap of 44. The time the Spaniard set was just 0.428s behind Jorge Lorenzo’s time which topped the session.

Pushing for a fast lap was not Viñales’ focus as he was instead focusing on finding some consistency whilst comparing the 2015 and 2016 chassis’. His best time came on the 2015 model frame, but Viñales believes there is still a lot more to come from the newer version.

‘I’m happy with the work we could do today and for the result of this first day,’ said Viñales speaking after day one in Qatar.

‘We didn’t focus on testing so many things but more to find consistency in the improvement of the setting and the electronics.

‘We have tested both the 2015 and 2016 chassis and the results are positive. Although my best lap was done with the old chassis, my feeling is that with the new one we are already very close and this leaves us a lot of room for improvement.

‘We made many laps and did a huge amount of work, the times here are getting very, very fast these days; for example, my lap time is already almost one second faster than last year’s race, therefore we really need to keep on working.

‘I feel very confident with the front tyre, while we still need to work on the rear as we couldn’t find the perfect grip yet, so we can improve further.’

Both Viñales and his team-mate Aleix Espargaro are still yet to try the fully seamless gearbox and it is not yet confirmed as to whether they will test it during the final pre-season test in Qatar or whether they will be given it just in time for the first race on 20th March.

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