Vinales: We need to be at the front

Suzuki rider Maverick Viñales, who topped the FP2 session for the MotoGP German Grand Prix at Sachsenring on Friday, believes the new chassis that was tested at Barcelona in June has made a big difference to their performance.

The Spaniard fell off his bike on Friday with 20 minutes of the FP2 session remaining but got back on to claim P1 ahead of FP1 pacesetter Andrea Iannone on his Ducati and Honda’s Marc Marquez 0.614s behind in third.

In 2015 at Sachsenring, Vinales and team-mate Aleix Espargaro finished the race tenth and eleventh respectively and with Espargaro finishing today’s FP2 session sixth, both are feeling confident ahead of the weekend’s racing.

In an interview after Friday’s session, Vinales said that while last year was difficult, things are improving with the bike’s handling all the time.

“Last year was difficult,” said Vinales. “We were I think tenth and eleventh with a lot of gap to the front.

“Also without the seamless, it was so difficult in the uphill and the bike was slow. I think we can do a good job. We are making great steps in the dry conditions and every time we are more toward the front.

“After Montmeló we are using one new chassis, a newer version. It’s working and gives a little bit more grip. It also turns a little bit better.

“Also, on this track, compared to last year, that was something that we needed. At the moment it’s working good. Anyway, tomorrow the lap time is going to be down a lot so we need to be at the front.

“I think the chassis is going to help because it has a little bit more grip. We don’t need to use so much gas and I don’t need to use so much the tyres.

“The important thing is to qualify well and to try and be in the first position in the first laps of the race. Then you can manage better the bike,” he added.