MotoGP: Vinãles tops Day Two at Qatar

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Suzuki’s Maverick Viñales has continued to show the form that indicates he could have the speed and consistency to join the ‘aliens’ after topping the timesheets during Day Two of the pre-season test at Qatar.

The Spaniard looked fast all day on the GSX-RR, posting his best-time of 1’55.436 in his 28th out of 42 laps around the Losail circuit.

Today he continued the work on the set-up and the electronics, leaving the test of the new ‘up-and-down’ seamless gearbox until tomorrow, but today’s time is already 0.444s faster than his best of yesterday and nearly two-tenths-of-a-second closer to his qualifying time of last year’s debut race.

Vinãles said: “This was another positive day, not only for the fastest lap but also for the huge job we have done. Our step-by-step approach is paying back and my lap-times are good also in terms of pace. Although we worked hard to prepare for the races, I scored the best time and this gives us very good hopes.

“I’m still working to decide the chassis and we’re still trying both the 2015 and 2016, because we still have issues to verify and room for improvement. The positive is that although my best lap came with the 2015 chassis, the lap times are very close between the old one and the new one, leaving us with many options. As I said, I focused to prepare for the race, so today there was not time to try the new seamless gearbox, as we want to check things within all our configurations.

“Tomorrow may be the right chance to test it, even though we have also planned a race simulation to verify our consistency on the long distance. For now I’m positive, the leading position is a good feeling although I’m aware there is still a lot to do.

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