Friday at Silverstone was a much needed shot in the arm for Movistar Yamaha, as riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales posted the second and third fastest times in MotoGP FP2, with the latter stating he could race tomorrow if needed.

The 22-year old, who sits 24 points behind Marc Marquez in the championship standings, was a full half second quicker than the rest in FP1, before ending the afternoon session a little over a quarter of a second down on overall pace setter Cal Crutchlow.

And Viñales later spoke of the gains made at a recent one-day test at Misano, where he and his squad worked on the M1’s electronics set-up, to sustain the life of the rear tyre, something that was identified as a problem area after the last outing in Austria.

If he had to race tomorrow, Viñales could do so without any great drama, he said. And as it is, he plans to spend Saturday morning adjusting the M1’s electronics further, as well as assessing different tyre compounds, to fully prepare for the 20-lap race.

“It’s only Friday so we have to be ready,” Viñales said. “For sure it’s really good to start like this – feeling good on the bike, already with a good set-up. You know, the pace was there. I was really comfortable on the bike. It’s nice to start like this and we’ll try tomorrow to improve.

“Let’s see. I feel really good on the pace and with used tyres I could keep really good the lap times. I feel confident. I know I can do great things here so I’m going to try tomorrow to improve even more and be more constant.

“The electronics work better because with the used tyres still we were really good. Sure, it can be better so that’s why I’m confident we can go fast in the race, because we can improve more the electronics than what we have now. But it’s working better than before.

“For sure, this is a track that works well for the Yamaha – long corners with a lot of speed, so the bike is stable and you can push really hard. But it means that if we’re fast here we can be fast at other tracks like Australia.

“At Misano we did good improvements and we have to continue like this – working hard and trying to be more competitive than we were even today.”

Asked which tyres had worked best for him on Friday, the Catalan added, “Well, it’s difficult to be sure on Friday. Tomorrow we need to try. What we did today is what we needed to do in Austria. Today on Friday we did the job.

“I think we are quite ready for the race, if the race was tomorrow. Still we have to try. There are many tyres and we need to know which one gives us the best performance.”

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