Viñales and Lorenzo off to fast starts

Motorcycle News (UK) - - News - ANDY CAL­TON

I had a quiet chuckle to my­self last week as Jorge Lorenzo wob­bled out on his new Du­cati dur­ing the Motogp test at Va­len­cia and was about 12 sec­onds off the pace.

How­ever, the wily Span­ish su­per­star had the last laugh as he got to grips with the pow­er­packed GP16 and ended up well in­side the top 10 fastest times and only a lit­tle over a sec­ond off the fastest.

Mav­er­ick Viñales was also mov­ing to a new team and he, too, im­pressed. Ac­tu­ally he did a whole lot more than im­press. He scared the pants off the Motogp pad­dock and his Yamaha team-mate, Valentino Rossi, in par­tic­u­lar.

The Suzuki he’s rid­den to such good ef­fect over the last two years is a good bike, the Yamaha is a great one and in the hands of Viñales it looks like Marc Mar­quez will have an­other ti­tle con­tender to deal with when the sea­son kicks off next March.

While it’s far too early to re­ally see how well Sam Lowes or Bradley Smith will fare, Cal Crutchlow and Scott Redding keep Bri­tish hopes sky high. Motogp 2017 is al­ready look­ing like be­ing one hell of a sea­son!

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