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MotoGP Americas: Vinales: Argentina left a bad taste

'I like the track and I'm definitely in the mood of riding again as soon as possible, as I'm eager to get to some deserved results' - Maverick Vinales.
Maverick Vinales wants to banish the memories of a missed podium opportunity at Argentina with a big result in this weekend's third round of the MotoGP World Championship at Austin.

The Ecstar Suzuki rider has moved into third place at the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit and was set to challenge Valentino Rossi for second when he slid off his GSX-RR in the closing laps.

It was a bitter blow for the exciting young Spaniard, who ran wide and lost adhesion on a damp part of the circuit.

Vinales, though, is straight back in action this weekend at the Circuit of the Americas in Texas and hopes to end the opening fly-away rounds on a high.

“I can't wait to go to Texas and get rid of the bitter taste that the race in Argentina left me,” he said.

“I'm so sorry for all the work we have done that has been wasted by a single small wet spot, however the race and the weekend overall gave us the confirmation that we are going in the right direction and we can fight and challenge for the top.

“The circuit in Austin is very challenging, so technical and yet so fast in some parts. Let's hope for a good weather, which would allow me to enjoy the weekend even more,” he added.

“I like the track and I'm definitely in the mood of riding again as soon as possible, as I'm eager to get to some deserved results.”

Aleix Espargaro was also among the succession of fallers in Argentina after going down on the opening laps moments after British rider Cal Crutchlow came off at exactly the same spot at turn one.

Espargaro was able to remount and eventually finished the race in 11th position.

“In Argentina we still had some problems, but the step forward we made after Qatar is evident, so I hope we will also be able to do the same step from Argentina to Austin,” said Espargaro.

“We finally found an effective direction towards which we are now working very hard. The Argentina race was ruined by the crash and I'm sorry for that, but we took many positive things forward from there and we can look ahead.

“The Circuit of The Americas is a nice track, not easy at all; and this is a challenge that motivates me even more,” he added.

“However, we must be able to find good confidence immediately that will allow me to be competitive, as we need to get to the results we deserve.”





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ObjectiveOne

April 07, 2016 1:12 PM

@ZeFrenchAngle I think MV is more than capable of winning a motoGP race, although I agree that Rabat doesn't look he could win any time soon. But its worth noting that the 4 winners you mentioned ride for the factory teams. Any other bike until now, isn't capable of winning a race. I think we'll see a Suzuki & a Ducati win this year, although I thought that MV was riding at over 100% to compensate for its current short comings in Argentina. Rins & Zarco might be competitive in Moto2, but its a big jump to MotoGP. Its far too early to say either would be competitive in MotoGP., and they'd need to be in a factory team to have any chance.

Navelgazer

April 08, 2016 12:50 PM

Hmmm, some interesting comments on here as I thought there would be... While I agree that Zarco looks promising, I can also agree that being fast in Moto2 doesn't necessarily translate to being a good MotoGP rider... and there is another step change again between being a good MotoGP rider and being a race winner, Pol & Bradl being cases in point. Take the suggestions already put forward: Rabat - race winner? Not for me. MotoGP Champion? Unlikely. Zarco - race winner? Possibly. MotoGP Champion? Unlikely Vinales - race winner? Probably. Champion? Possibly Rins - probable race winner, possible champion. But these are just my opinions & there will be loads of excuses for and against. What we need to do is stop comparing the new riders coming thru to Marquez. There might not be another Marquez for 10 years.



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