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Top-10 for Viñales & Suzuki Ecstar in Misano FP2


Team Suzuki Press Office – September 9.

Maverick Viñales – 10th
Aleix Espargaró – 11th

Team SUZUKI ECSTAR had a positive first day at the World Misano Circuit Marco Simoncelli in Italy today for the first two practice sessions of the weekend, consistently-improving their feeling and confidence; although the classification-position still needs to be improved tomorrow.

Maverick Viñales settled his GSX-RR in the top-three for many laps in the morning, focusing his job on the finalisation of a base set-up for the pace. His position in the classification could be have better though, but some of his best laps had been ruled-out for alleged course-cutting infringements, pushing him down the leaderboard from a potential top-three overall: It was a matter of inches in exiting corner 13 that the new rule applied – and which all riders will be called to adapt-to quickly this weekend and for the rest of the season.

Team-mate Aleix Espargaró also had a positive first day with many improvements and a renewed competitiveness. He sits right behind Viñales in the classification but his potential for the ‘time attack’ is still to be exploited.

Davide Brivio – Team Manager:

“The final classification doesn’t show how positive our day was. With race configuration we did a good performance and with both riders we developed a good base set-up. Tomorrow we will work on all information we gathered today, and finalise the best package, but we are pretty happy with the job we’ve done. We will exploit this hard work tomorrow for the attack to Q2 to get a good place in classification. This was an approach we have decided to use, focusing on the pace before looking for the fastest lap, and hopefully this strategy will pay back tomorrow.”

Maverick Viñales:

“I’m happy with today because we did a very good job, we are utilising the information we collected from the test in Brno and we decided to focus on the pace to finalise the base set-up for the race. Especially in the afternoon I worked mostly with the hard tyre and I felt confident, we improved a lot and also covered the race distance, in the top-10; which means we have a good potential. Also some of my best laps were cancelled for exceeding the track limit, the truth is that it’s just the exit of a corner where you go on the curb that has been changed this year, but everybody has the same problem and we must adapt to it. I also tried a time attack with the soft tyre in the last run but I didn’t feel confident, so we need more time to try it and adapt the set-up. Maybe if I had more time with the soft I could have improved my lap-time also, but this was not our priority for today. The job we’ve done leaves me confident that we are in good a condition for the race and tomorrow we’ll be able to focus on the time attack.”

Aleix Espargaró:

“My feeling today was positive, we did many improvements and I found a positive efficiency. We are not so good in the classification but we worked hard on the pace and this is a very important job we’ve done in preparation for the race. The feeling with the new tyre is good, but we still need to better-understand it in order to exploit it better. We wanted to also check the performance with the drop of the tyres, our consistency on the pace is good, we have room for improvement, but the actual point is not bad. Also the temperature of the circuit will be important, it rises a lot in the afternoon and so we have so much of a difference in performance between morning and afternoon.”


1 Pol ESPARGARO – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 1’32.769
2 Dani PEDROSA – Repsol Honda Team – 1’32.834 + 0.065
3 Andrea DOVIZIOSO – Ducati Team – 1’32.901 + 0.132
4 Jorge LORENZO – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’33.056 + 0.287
5 Marc MARQUEZ – Repsol Honda Team – 1’33.196 + 0.427
6 Valentino ROSSI – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 1’33.387 + 0.618
7 Cal CRUTCHLOW – LCR Honda – 1’33.500 + 0.731
8 Scott REDDING – OCTO Pramac Yakhnich – 1’33.552 + 0.783
9 Hector BARBERA – Avintia Racing – 1’33.581 + 0.812
10 Maverick VIÑALES – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1’33.629 + 0.860
11 Aleix ESPARGARO – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR – 1’33.643 + 0.874ñ

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