Viñales ‘I am learning a lot from Valentino’
Maverick Viñales enters his third year in the premier class, but looks ready to mount a very serious challenge for the championship – despite being just 21.
Tipped by many to be a title contender despite only taking one Motogp race win so far in his career (at Silverstone), he backed up expectations by being instantly fast on the Yamaha vacated by Lorenzo at the Valencia test.
If he can bring the skills he’s used to turn the Suzuki from a top-six finisher to a winner into his new team and soak up some of his new team-mate’s knowledge and experience… he could be an awesome outside bet for the 2017 title.
Getting on well with the nine-time champion off the track and enjoying almost a working relationship on the track with him already, spending much of practice and qualifying sessions together, he’s expecting things to be easier for him than they have been for others in the past.
“Normally, we both like to exit last in practice, and finally we find each other on track and try to improve. Normally for me it’s good, because I can do some laps behind him and see how to try to improve, then I overtake him and he does the same.
“I’m looking forward to working really hard, to working with Valentino and to learning. You can always learn from others; when I started at Suzuki, it was hard for me to do one fast lap until I looked at Aleix and shared his data. We’re always learning.”
‘ Normally, we find each other on track and try to improve’
The master looks on as the young gun leads the way