Silverstone put a smile back on Maverick Viñales’ face. In the morning, the Spaniard proved to be the fastest, whereas in the afternoon, he confirmed the potential of the M1, filing away the session with the third best time. His facial expression beamed great confidence.
“I would say that after this first day we are at a good level – Maverick began – maybe not the maximum yet, but it is definitely an outstanding start. I found various dips on the track, but the situation is better than in 2017.”
So, Viñales is enjoying his Friday.
“My goal is to have fun on the bike and after Misano, I had positive sensations. The pace is good. We need to take a few steps forward, but I am satisfied. I think that there was a significant improvement on Sunday and now I am able to be as aggressive as I would like to be.”
Maverick then went into detail on the work that was done.
“We took a step forward with the front end – he revealed – That lets me be more effective on the flying lap. However, we need to be more precise in order to fully exploit the M1’s acceleration.”
There was also a comment about the electronics, which have made the Yamaha riders anxious for the last year and a half.
“We did not focus on that – he specified – More than anything, we focused on confidence with the bike and the front end. If I didn’t have this confidence, it would be impossible to be fast.”
However, Maverick prefers not to dwell on the past, because his mind is already focused on Friday.
“Today it was important to confirm the work done in Misano and we did that. In fact, I am able to brake the bike better and I feel much more effective on corners, but also coming out of turns. Misano is not one of the best tracks for me. I prefer Silverstone, since there is a mix of fast and slow sections and corners. We are working well together with the team and if we keep going in this direction, we’ll be ready with the Yamaha.”