Suzuki on cloud nine

‘When you see Valentino to the side of you on the podium it means a lot’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

While Sun­day’s stun­ning win might have been a huge day for Mav­er­ick Viñales, it was ar­guably an even big­ger oc­ca­sion for his Suzuki team. Com­ing af­ter a long bar­ren spell in the premier class for the Ha­ma­matsu fac­tory.

Tak­ing their first win in dry con­di­tions since Kenny Roberts Ju­nior signed off his ti­tle-win­ning sea­son in 2000 at Va­len­cia, the move sig­ni­fies a re­turn to the top level of the sport for the man­u­fac­turer.

And to make it all the sweeter, it comes af­ter a dif­fi­cult run for both Suzuki rid­ers as they strug­gled in the damp con­di­tions of Assen, Brno and Sach­sen­ring to find a com­pet­i­tive pace.

But, with their wet weather per­for­mance im­prov­ing as their race depart­ment, tiny com­pared to their Ja­panese ri­vals, con­tin­ues to learn, tech­ni­cal man­ager Ken Kawauchi was a happy man on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

“The race was per­fect. In the last three races we have been some­what stressed be­cause we felt we couldn’t achieve the re­sults we de­served, be­cause of some trou­bles with the weather con­di­tions. We knew we had the po­ten­tial and Sun­day’s re­sult is the ev­i­dence that we were right. This came from a per­fect job of the rider and the team and the en­gi­neers at home; they all gave their best and this al­lowed us to achieve this re­sult.”

Sil­ver­stone vic­tory means Viñales is only rider to win in Moto3, Moto2 and Mo­togp

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