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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’


Viñales’ feed­back is prov­ing help­ful

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