Maverick Viñales puts Suzuki on Misano front row, Aleix Espargaro lines up 9th
Maverick Viñales powered his Team SUZUKI ECSTAR GSX-RR onto the front row of the grid for tomorrow’s MotoGP™ at the World Misano Circuit Marco Simoncelli after a hot-lap in the closing stages; as team-mate Aleix Espargaró will start from row three.
Both Viñales and Espargaró qualified through to the all-important Q2 by finishing in third and eighth position respectively in FP3, but when it counted, Viñales found some extra-tenths to post his best lap of the weekend – a 1’32.839, with Espargaró also setting his fastest lap of 1’33.272, which could probably have been even better if he hadn’t incurred a small crash during his last ‘time attack’ attempt.
The day has been positive overall, with intense work undertaken on the set-up to improve the pace for the race; and especially to keep a consistent performance with the increasing temperatures at the Misano circuit in San Marino. The work proved to give positive results, as both riders could find a good feeling and also be fast.
“Today wasn’t easy at all because usually with hot temperatures we struggle, but the team made extraordinary work between FP3 and qualifying and also I made a step, and so I could make a very effective lap. It is very important because the front row will allow me to be immediately at the front and fight for a good race. We have been pretty consistent in our improvements and finally we got within the fastest, we developed many solutions for the set-up and my crew found a very good setting. Now we also have some more ideas to work on tomorrow to see if we can find that little more that I believe we are still missing in our potential, as this will allow me to improve the pace which is the most important thing for the race.”
“Finally in FP4 we found a good set-up, my pace is very good and I felt really satisfied with that. In qualifying, unfortunately, I had some trouble in finding the good feeling with the front tyre and finally with the second set of tyres for the last time attack I lost the front and had a small crash. It was too late to get back to garage and make another attempt, but the third row is not a bad place to start and having this good pace I feel confident for a positive race.”