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‘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.”

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