BOSS: MAV’S A FAST LEARNER
Maverick Viñales looks set to play a key part in making the new Yamaha M1 a world title contender this year.
While many would expect Rossi to be leading the bike’s development, Yamaha have said how impressed they have been with their young rider’s feedback and input.
Team principal Lin Jarvis admitted that it had come as somewhat of a surprise to see just how good the Spaniard was at developing the bike. “His feedback is very accurate, which is extremely helpful. He’s not vague and he’s not an engineer either; he doesn’t try to tell you what’s wrong with the bike, he just says ‘this is what I feel, this is what I’m experiencing’ and he’s pretty accurate about it! The team are really happy with him.”
The 21-year-old Spaniard says that his time at Suzuki has helped turn him into a more complete package. Working to develop the GSX-RR machine almost from the ground up, he believes that the skills he learned along the way will stand him in good stead at Yamaha.
“I learned a lot with Suzuki. It’s not easy to develop a bike from almost zero, and I think that experience will give me an advantage. I understand really well what the bike is doing thanks to that learning process, and I’m leaving Suzuki with good experience.
“When I jumped onto the Yamaha, it was a little easier to go fast – with the times coming a little easier. I’m coming from a bike where you had to ride every session at 100%, even on a Friday morning and you get used to it. So if I can bring the Yamaha to 100% every time then it’s going to be at a very good level.”
‘His feedback is accurate. We are happy with him’
LIN JARVIS ON VIÑALES
Viñales’ feedback is proving helpful