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Australia: Viñales stresses need for calm after stunning sixth

Maverick Viñales refuses to get carried away after equalling his best MotoGP result, just 6 seconds behind the race winner.
While accepting he had performed admirably in one of the greatest races of modern times, Maverick Viñales stressed the need for calm after a splendid sixth place finish in Phillip Island equalled his best MotoGP result.

The 20-year old class rookie also placed inside the top six in his home race at Barcelona but here he was engaged in a race long scrap with Dani Pedrosa and Cal Crutchlow, eventually finishing less than two seconds off the former.

What's more, Viñales came home just six seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez, a feat that capped a seriously impressive weekend in which he has drawn praise from many, Valentino Rossi in particular.

Still, the Catalan stressed the need to maintain calm, stay focussed and “keep down the confidence” as he feels he and the GSX-RR package are still some steps away from where he ultimately wants to be.

“I think we did a really good job. The only thing was when we did the start there was so much wheelie that I needed to close the gas and many riders overtake me. We need to be happy because we made a really nice pace. I made 6.8 seconds from the first place. It's really good.

“In the first part of the season we were thinking that our target was being 22 seconds the gap [to the race winner] and today was six. We did a really good job.

“Anyway we need to continue working because we made a big step. In Japan we tried a different set-up, which was much better for my riding style. I could ride the bike in my way. For sure we are improving all the time. The team is new. I am new. I need to get more confidence, more experience. I need to be a more clear in some comments about the bike to try to go faster with set-up.”

Indeed Viñales' pace was such that he finished the race six seconds ahead of the winning time from twelve months ago, a feat that he believes is down to completing “27 qualifying laps”.

“It was really fast the race. When I saw the race I couldn't believe the lap times. Always 29.6, 29.7. I coulnd't believe it because in other weekends I didn't do it. But from the start I saw that I could follow and catch Cal and Dani, I was really focussed on pushing 100 percent. What I said to the team was that I was doing 27 qualifying laps. It was really nice.

“It was so difficult to overtake because all the time in the straight it take me two or three bikes that I could close the gap but not overtake. Then I stop a little bit my pace. We were closing a lot in corner one. These fast corners where our bike is really good. Corner nine, two, eight. These corners where you don't make [outright] top speed I was really good and closing."

While a number of Phillip Island's awesome, high-speed curves were almost made for the current GSX-RR, a trickier task lies ahead in Sepang. Even more reason then, according to the 2013 Moto3 world champion, for the Suzuki team to remain grounded.

“It could be a struggle for us. Anyway the bike improved a lot since the test. It improved around six tenths so we are positive. For sure we are motivated a lot but we need to keep down the confidence because we don't know if the bike is going to work. We are doing big steps but we need to stay focussed.”

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October 18, 2015 1:39 PM

Rexxy: Maverick will have a huge check from Honda when pedrosa moves or retires .....can't wait to see Rins on a M1 nd Maverick on an rcv....Rins @ just 19 years maverick @20 marquez @22 is the future of motogp hopefully joined by Beast nd Fabio...gooo 25,42
Can we add Oliveira to the list please... Otherwise I reckon you have it spot on.

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