Vinales pace excites Yamaha

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New Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales has shown
sizzling pace, much to the delight of Yamaha boss Massimo
Meregalli.

The 22-year-old recent topped the timesheets in two out of
three testing days held at Phillip Island in Australia, edging
two-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez. It was the second such
testing weekend the Spaniard had dominated, after being fastest
in Sepang earlier in February. 

While teammate Valentino Rossi has been a touch off the pace,
the nine-time world champion’s racing pedigree on Sundays
cannot be denied. This, combined with a lightning fast Vinales
means the 2017 season is shaping up nicely for Yamaha.

“First of all Maverick has been really fast,” Meregalli told
crash.net.

“For us, it was really important to see how he could manage the
race simulation. Last year we suffer a lot [with] the
degradation of the rear tyre. This year he always felt that for
him the tyre life was not so bad. 

“Anyway, until one hour ago the result was not there. He did
two simulations with a good pace. He did 20 laps. Basically,
the drop was almost nothing. 

“During the second one, he was also tired. He could keep a
faster pace but he said that at the end, after maybe 17 laps,
he had a drop himself. Anyway, this is really good information,
[and] a sign.”

Qatar hosts the final round of testing from March 10-12.



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