Comment from Maverick Vinales after FP3 at the Aragon GP

2020-10-17 03:42
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales worked hard in this morning‘s FP3 session at the MotorLand Aragón to make further progress with his YZR-M1‘s set-up. His fastest time set in FP2 secured him a spot in Q2, keeping him in first place in the combined free practice results.

Due to the chilly and tricky conditions, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP's Maverick Viñales opted to use the FP3 session of the Gran Premio Michelin de Aragón to work on riding consistency and perfecting his riding style, rather than putting in a time attack. He ended the session in 12th place, but remained 1st in the combined FP standings, thanks to the best lap he set in FP2.

Viñales waited in the box for a little while at the start of the sunny but cool morning session. He wanted to work out just how competitive the pace would be and how hard he could push before he stepped aboard his YZR-M1. Once out on the circuit, the Spaniard fully focused on improving his overall feeling with the Yamaha. His best time of this morning, a 1‘48.912s, set on lap 8/16, saw him in 12th place in the FP3 results, 1.053s from the top. However, his 1‘47.771s set in FP2 yesterday afternoon earned him first place in the combined results, with a 0.088s advantage over his closest rival.

Viñales will be back on track from 14:10 - 14:40 local track time (GMT+2) for FP4, followed by Q2 from 15:15 - 15:30.

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Position: 12th | Best lap time: 1'48.912 (+1.053s) | Laps: 16

I thought this morning it was time to work for the race. We were very much concentrating on improving in a few corners, which we did. In this afternoon session we will work on other corners, but I feel very happy. I can ride really fast at this track, and the bike is working well. Q2 will be important to try to be on the front row. This weekend I feel confident, so I will try to be in the right position in Q2 to give myself the opportunity to start from the front and push very hard.

Source: Yamaha Motor Racing

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