Rookie Viñales upsets the applecart with second fastest laptime in Valencia test
World Championship rookie Maverick Viñales of SuperMartXe Racing surprised the competition with his immediate speed at the first official test in Valencia which concluded today. The young Spaniard was quick on all three days, always being among the four fastest riders. Despite this early promise Viñales was quick to point out that it’s too soon to predict anything for the season and a lot of work still needs to be done.
On the other side of the box his teammate Sergio Gadea continued his re-adaptation to the 125cc class after spending a season in Moto2. The Valencian steadily picked up the pace and confidence and will continue to work as good as possible to confront the start of the season in perfect shape.
Maverick Viñales: “I adapted very quickly to the bike and I’m extremely happy that throughout the three days I felt very comfortable and I’ve been riding with the world’s best one on one, doing the same laptimes and feeling very comfortable among them. The whole team has worked hard and very well and I am very satisfied with this first contact with them, we understood each other perfectly and I think both the mechanics and technicians know exactly what they are doing. It’s been a very positive start. If we continue this way we can be very competitive and I would like to fight with the guys at the front. However, it is too early to set targets because this is my first season in the World Championship and this has only just begun. “
Sergio Gadea: “There is a tremendous difference between the four strokes and 125cc and when I got back to this the last thing I’d have thought was that I almost did not know how to ride a bike, but I am slowly getting the pace and confidence with the Aprilia. On Thursday and Friday things we were pretty good and although the laptimes were not very good we did an acceptable pace and were among the top five, but today it was very difficult for me to improve and I was a bit far from the front. My first contact with the team has been very successful and I am convinced that if we keep working as well as we did here we’ll be competitive and fighting for good places.”