Maverick Viñales fought back from a poor start to finish sixth in today’s Mugello MotoGP™ race in Italy aboard his Team SUZUKI ECSTAR GSX-RR as team-mate Aleix Espargaró scored ninth.
Viñales, who started from the front-row in second position, lost nine places in the straight due to a problem with his machine’s electronics. The issue rectified itself immediately, but this cost him several positions, so he had to recover from there on-in. Being hard on tyres in overtaking, the grip-level dropped pretty quickly and although his lap-times were very close to the leader’s pace, he couldn’t score better than sixth position at the flag.
The GP of Italy was Aleix Espargaró’s 100th GP start; he had a brilliant launch from sixth on the grid to third into the first corner, but unfortunately, the crash he suffered in this morning’s warm-up destroyed his machine and his mechanics had to do extra work before the race to completely rebuild it for the race. The machine, however, didn’t give him the same positive feeling that he had experienced previously and this prevented him keeping the excellent pace he showed in the early laps.
Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:
“We have to say that we’re not satisfied with this race. It was exactly the opposite of France: at Le Mans we had a very hard weekend but we finally managed to find good solutions for the race and the result was positive; here, we felt we were performing and competitive from Friday, but then in the race we couldn’t finalise the result. Today’s track temperature was higher than yesterday, this made things harder to find rear grip; if it’s true that the conditions were different for all teams, it is also true that with higher temperatures, our machine struggles more to adapt than other teams …read more