After finishing on top of the combined timesheets after three days of testing at Phillip Island on Friday, Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Viñales says things are going very well.
Over the three days, Viñales was always among the quickest riders and finished on top after a blistering lap of 1:29.131 on the second day.
Not only was he fastest at Phillip Island but also helped with the development of his 2016 GSX-RR involving the new engine specifications, the seamless gearbox, chassis and electronic configurations during the off-season.
He also crashed on Friday morning in slippery conditions, but bounced back with an impressive days showing on track.
Team Suzuki Ecstar now head back to Japan before leaving for the next official testing session at Qatar on March 2-4 ahead of the start of the MotoGP World Championship.
In an interview after Friday’s testing, Viñales said he was fine after crashing and did not suffer any injuries.
“First of all, I must say I’m ok after the crash this morning. I went out with a new tyre but probably the temperature was still too cold and I lost the front, but I didn’t suffer any injuries,” said Viñales.
“Today has been another positive day, although I couldn’t improve my lap time, but we are aware of the reason why this happened.
“We focused on testing different configurations of the new chassis and this took us some time; maybe if I continued with the previous one I could have done a better time but it is important for us to us to work with a long-term vision and exploit the tests for what they are.
“The development of the machine for the season is still a long way off and we still have much potential that we need to investigate. For sure I’m happy with how this test went overall, we made solid progress both in the single lap performance and for the consistency, even though the variable weather didn’t allow us to really test a race simulation.”
The 21-year old Spaniard added that at the testing in Qatar in March they would be focusing on getting used to the electronics.
“For Qatar it will be important to further investigate the electronics; it is still a field where we miss experience as it’s completely new, but we have already done much work for this and collected a good amount of data, which will be useful for us.
“Of course ending a test at the top is a good feeling that makes you comfortable for the future, but we must keep our feet on the ground and stay focused on the development plan we have set.”