Viñales dazed and con­fused

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Mav­er­ick Viñales was at a loss to ex­plain why he could man­age no more than a be­low-par tenth in Sun­day’s Catalunya GP.

Strug­gling through­out the week­end – even more than Rossi – and run­ning as low as 16th in the race, he ad­mit­ted af­ter­wards that he just didn’t un­der­stand the cause for their lack of pace.

“In warm-up, I did a 1m 46.1s with 15-lap-old tyres, and in the race I did 1m 46.7s laps and felt like I was about to crash all the time. I don’t know what to say – our bike is good, was good at the start of the year, and this isn’t the prob­lem.”

But, com­plain­ing about the same is­sues as he did in Jerez, where he was also fast in warmup’s cool con­di­tions but suf­fered in the race, the com­mon fac­tor seems to be track tem­per­a­ture. With sunny con­di­tions caus­ing the track tem­per­a­ture to rise a huge 21°C to 54°C for Sun­day’s race, Viñales showed the first signs this sea­son of strug­gling un­der the pres­sure of high ex­pec­ta­tions af­ter show­ing such good earl­y­sea­son form.

Look­ing and sound­ing flus­tered af­ter Sun­day’s race – some­thing con­firmed by scenes through­out the week­end of an­gry ex­changes be­tween team and rider in­side the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha garage – he ad­mit­ted that it’s been hard for him to go from be­ing so fast in the year’s open­ing races to strug­gling at his home cir­cuits in Spain.

“It’s very dif­fi­cult, be­cause you come with a good mo­ti­va­tion af­ter mak­ing firsts and sec­onds and set­ting fastest laps and poles to be­ing tenth – and I was only tenth be­cause lots of peo­ple had prob­lems. Oth­er­wise, I would have fin­ished 16th. It’s a big drama for me, be­cause now I go home not know­ing what hap­pened and not know­ing what to fix. It’s not just the re­sult I got in Barcelona but the re­sult of many races re­cently.”

‘It’s a big drama be­cause I go home not know­ing what to fix’ MAV­ER­ICK VIÑALES

Viñales was clearly not happy over the week­end and the strain showed

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