Confident start for Isaac Viñales in the Americas
Tech3 Racing Team rider Isaac Viñales commenced the third round of the 2016 Moto2 World Championship with an encouraging performance on the opening day as he began setting up his Mistral 610 for Sunday’s race. The intermediate class rookie jumped into action as soon as FP1 started and posted his personal best on his final run, which left him optimistic for the afternoon. Here, he carried on his efforts before posting his fastest time on the third lap which was less than a second from 10th, thus leaving him fully charged for the qualifying shootout tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Xavi Vierge took some positive first steps as he made his inaugural appearance at the meandering Circuit of The Americas. The young Spaniard opened proceedings by learning the track and gaining experience in the beginning shakedown. Then in free practice 2, Vierge continued his work with the Tech3 Racing Team as he adjusted the setup of his Mistral 610 and tirelessly completed 16 laps. The former CEV race winner will seek to progress further tomorrow ahead of clinching a positive grid position for the 19 lap sprint on Sunday..
“It was a good opening day to the Grand Prix of The Americas for me and I am satisfied with what we accomplished. As soon as the wheels started turning, we got the ball rolling and made some good progress. Even though there is still a margin of improvement that we can achieve with the setup of the bike, the Tech3 team did a good job today and we have a solid plan, so now we need to continue moving in the same direction. If we do this, then we can clinch a strong grid position for the race in Texas, which will be my third Moto2 Grand Prix.”
“I am happy to begin in Austin, which is another new venue for me, but we have some work to do so that we can advance more. Today we changed a lot of settings on my Mistral 610 and unfortunately we didn’t make a huge step forward, but the most important thing is to stay positive and I believe in my team. Tomorrow, I will continue to learn the track, improve my riding style and also set the bike up for the race. So I am excited about getting back out on the Circuit of The Americas and thanks to the Tech3 guys for their efforts today.”