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Maverick Viñales at the 2017 Qatar test

Viñales ready for Qatar lift-off after dominating MotoGP testing

Mar 132017

The speed and variety of Sepang, the epic sweep of Phillip Island and the slick night-time desert setting of Losail: all three of the 2017 MotoGP tests saw Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales in menacing form and throw a large ‘blue’ gauntlet at the feet of reigning champion and former junior foe Marc Marquez and the rest of the grid.


“Even on race pace we are quite happy,” he said Sunday night and just before heading back to his home in Andorra for a few days rest and training ahead of the opening Grand Prix. “I feel that we can still better the electronics and gain a couple of tenths, so we have a margin to improve. For sure we‘re not on the bike‘s limit, so we can still push a little bit more. If we do the same in the first GP as we did in the test, we can fight for the victory. We have a really good package and I feel good on the bike.”

The Spaniard was fourth and while he admitted the Ducati has “its character” and “is powerful and nervous” he was also able to talk about some of the modifications made while at Losail to reduce the demands of the distinctive motorcycle: “little by little it will be easier”.