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MotoGP, Vinales: the podium was possible, but the tyre let me down

Aleix Espargarò: "I've finally got confidence with the Suzuki, we need to do more"

MotoGP: Vinales: the podium was possible, but the tyre let me down

He was keen to redeem himself after the crash in Argentina. Although the podium still eludes Maverick Vinales, his fourth place finish in Texas, his best result of 2016 so far, clearly confirms his growth. The Spaniard won this particular Suzuki 'home game', beating his team-mate Aleix Espargarò across the line. Now we await the next step, to see him fighting with the top three.

You needed to make up for the Rio Hondo race.

We had everything in line to do well, we started out on the right foot on Friday and in the end, this is a positive result. Fourth is my best result so far this season”.

We could see you were very fast in the first part of the race. Then what happened?

I felt comfortable at the start, and even thought I could reach third place. Unfortunately we started to have some grip problems after a drastic drop in rear tyre performance. At that point I realised it was better to settle.

And now you head to Europe.

“Yes, we start again at Jerez, but first we'll make the most of the test day here at Austin to develop and test new solutions regarding the rear of our bike.

 

Aleix Espargarò also did well in Texas. Finally, one might say, after having played 'supporting actor' in the Suzuki garage during the opening rounds. Only in the final stages did he have to surrender to his team-mate.

A great place from which to restart.

“It was a very positive race, espcially after the problems we had in Qatar and Argentina . I was able to make a good start and maintain a strong pace. During the weekend we worked to improve the set–up, concentrating also on the soft tyre, and obtaining an end result that we're pleased with."

You could have finished in front of Vinales.

“I knew I was fast in the first part of the race, this is why I pushed to try and gain an advantage. Unfortunately the tyre dropped, and so I had to settle for fifth place.”

What do you need to improve on?

We need to take some steps forward in terms of traction, that's the biggest obstacle we need to overcome right now. We'll focus on this during Monday's test at Austin. There's definite room for improvement."

Translated by Heather Watson

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