Mav­er­ick Viñales

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Boy won­der in pre-sea­son test­ing, Viñales showed he was more than a onet­rick pony when the rac­ing got un­der­way by tak­ing wins in the first two races of the year – and looked set to be on tar­get for 2017 glory. But, as Mo­togp has a habit of do­ing, the young Spa­niard has been given a re­al­ity check in re­cent rounds. He has strug­gled with the Mo­vis­tar Yamaha in hot tem­per­a­tures and as a re­sult his home races were a dis­as­ter – as was a big mis­take in Assen and some un­spec­tac­u­lar wet per­for­mances. He’s shown some chinks in his ar­mour, and it’ll be in­ter­est­ing to see if he can get back to win­ning ways soon. We know he’s tough and we know that he’s al­ways up for a scrap – but it’s still to be seen how he man­ages when the pres­sure of fight­ing for a world ti­tle is on his still very young shoul­ders.

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