Suzuki MotoGP stars Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro hope that the GSX-RR's proven handling can help counter Ducati's straight-line advantage in Austria this weekend.

Vinales and Espargaro were seventh and eighth respectively at the end of last month's private Red Bull Ring test, which saw Desmosedicis sweep the top four places.

Austria marks the end of the summer break and the country's first appearance on the MotoGP calendar since 1997.

"This summer break has been very useful for me to recover some energy and rebalance my focus," said Vinales, who holds a competitive fifth in the world championship. "I had some vacations but I also trained a lot, because I wanted to be ready for this restart of the Championship. So far we have had positive results but we still miss some better placement, therefore we must keep on improving and take the best out of our machine.

"We had a test here in Austria in July and my feeling was positive; the circuit is very fast, with a sort of 'old style' layout which is pretty much an on-and-off. This means it will be very demanding in terms of engine performance, on this side the GSX-RR has improved a lot since last year but for sure competitors with more powerful engines will have it easier.

"At the same time, very fast corners will be suitable for us, so I think we should try to work on that area and finalise the best set-up possible so that we can play our cards."

Espargaro, who like Vinales is leaving the team at the end of 2016, echoed his team-mates comments.

"When we came to Spielberg in July we could gather a lot of information and this is as precious as gold for us," said the Spaniard, currently eleventh in the standings. "The track is very peculiar, it is very fast and for this the most powerful engines will be eased, but has also some points where our chassis could be a positive weapon.

"The circuit has been rebuilt so that the tarmac is simply prefect: no bumps, no connections, its surface is smooth and clean. This will allow different lines and it will be interesting to see who will be the one to adapt better and quicker. After the test we could work on data and have already some ideas about the base set-up, but also the weather will play a role."



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