Maverick Vinales significantly upped the pace as he adapts to life on board the Suzuki GP bike.
Vinales lapped 1.24 seconds-faster on the factory GSX-RR on the second day of testing at Sepang, posting a time of 2min .01.916sec and finishing the day in 15th place overall.
The Spaniard, who is making his debut in the class after stepping up from Moto2, said: “Today I attempted to try several different lines and also tried different riding styles to try to find which is the best and at the end of the session, I made a good lap, so I’m quite satisfied with the job done today. It’s rather important for me now to improve the lap times, and even step-by-step, I can feel that we are going in the right direction. I’m sure that I can improve a lot more if I have more laps and gain more experience; so I’m really keen to do as many laps as possible. We will try to make one long run tomorrow, but the primary plan is just like today; go step-by-step and target the best lap-time at the end of the day.”
Team manager Davide Brivio was equally upbeat. he said: “We are quite happy today because we did a lot of work and achieved much progress, plus we are quite satisfied that both our riders managed so many laps. Aleix tried different types of settings and worked more on the electronics-settings while Maverick made a big improvement on his lap-times as he tried different riding styles and improved. It’s also important that we started to understand more about the bike now from the data we have acquired from our riders. There’s still a lot to do, of course, but it is positive so far for both as they are still continuing the learning-process. We are trying to optimise the package and find the strongest points to prepare for the season ahead.”
The Suzuki MotoGP squad will continue to evaluate the new settings on the GSX-RRs and plans a full-race simulation test during tomorrow’s final day of testing.