YAMAHA WIN BIG the top six fin­ish­ers in Ar­gentina GP are on M1s

TOP STORY Viñales wins, Rossi fin­ishes sec­ond and four of

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week - By Simon Pat­ter­son MO­TOGP RE­PORTER

Mav­er­ick Viñales says his stun­ning start to the 2017 sea­son has been ‘al­most un­be­liev­able’, af­ter dou­bling up at the Ar­gen­tine Grand Prix on Sun­day to make it two wins from two starts so far in his Mo­vis­tar Yamaha ca­reer.

In­cred­i­bly, he be­came the first Yamaha rider to win the open­ing two races of the sea­son since Wayne Rainey in 1990 as he once again looked flaw­less at the Ter­mas de Rio Hondo cir­cuit. As well as tak­ing an­other em­phatic win, Viñales ex­tended his cham­pi­onship lead over team-mate Valentino Rossi to 14 points.

Viñales ad­mits the speed at which he’s adapted to his new M1 has sur­prised many – him­self in­cluded. “Let’s say that I didn’t ex­pect this be­fore I got on the Yamaha,” he said. “It’s hard to be­lieve that you can make a start like this. All the pre-sea­son at the front then two vic­to­ries gives us a lot of mo­ti­va­tion, but we have to keep on the right path and work re­ally hard. We have a good bike, but we can still im­prove.”

It might only have been his sec­ond race on Yamaha ma­chin­ery, but he showed just how ma­ture a tal­ent he is dur­ing the 25-lap bat­tle. Mak­ing a steady start to the race (as he did in Qatar) while ti­tle ri­val Marc Mar­quez set a blis­ter­ing pace at the front, he was able to build his speed as he found a rhythm in the race, be­fore eas­ily dis­patch­ing Cal Crutchlow to take the lead on lap three.

And even then, he re­mained alert to any dan­ger of a late charge com­ing from those push­ing hard be­hind him.

He added: “I was think­ing a lot – how to use the dif­fer­ent maps, how to save the tyres – in case some­one was com­ing from the back and in case I had to push a lit­tle more. In the end though, I read the race re­ally well, the team did a great job with my pit board and I was calm and en­joyed rid­ing the bike.

“It was an amaz­ing feel­ing cross­ing the fin­ish­ing line with all the team there.”

And with an im­pres­sive start to the sea­son and the reign­ing cham­pion in dis­ar­ray, the 22-year-old has a chance to re­ally ham­mer home his dom­i­nance at the next Mo­togp round at the Cir­cuit of the Amer­i­cas – a track that has pre­vi­ously been a happy hunt­ing ground for Mar­quez.

Viñales said: “Austin is a good track for me, and we can im­prove our bike there too. We’ll work hard and try to take an­other step to see if we can be even more com­pet­i­tive. I know Marc is re­ally good there, but it’s some­where where I go fast as well. If we go with the same men­tal­ity and a good set-up, then we know the way to go fast and any­thing is pos­si­ble. I’m con­fi­dent we can get a good re­sult there.”

Viñales (cen­tre) had the beat­ing of Rossi and Bri­tain’s Cal Crutchlow Two races in and a 100% win­ning tally for Yamaha’s new boy

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