VIÑALES TOPS TEST WITH NEW CHASSIS
‘We have to look forward, and the chassis had some positive points’ MAVERICK VIÑALES
Maverick Viñales bounced back from the disappointment of Sunday’s race to end Monday’s one-day test at the Jerez circuit top of the time sheets by a mere 0.002 from Honda man Marc Marquez after debuting a new frame for his Yamaha M1.
Designed to counteract some of the issues of the new 2017-specification frame, introduced at the start of the year to improve tyre life at the end of races, the Spaniard was able to improve by almost a second on his race pace in only 24 hours – and to put to bed some of Sunday’s demons.
He said: “We made a back-to-back test compared to the race and we were on the pace of Marc and Dani, which is very frustrating. But we have to look forward, and the new chassis had some positive points that I liked.
“I found a little bit of grip with it, and I can pick up the bike a little better. The spinning was a little bit less too, and it’ll be important for the tracks where we have to pick up the bike, the ones that are more stop-and-go. But it has some negative points too, and we still have to work on it.”