Viñales ‘I am learn­ing a lot from Valentino’

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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

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