Yamaha's Maverick Viñales returned to the scene of Sunday‘s race on the Brno Circuit in order to do some additional data gathering during the one-day Official IRTA test.
In the morning Viñales needed little time to get back into the strong rhythm he showed yesterday during the race, and posted a best time of 1‘55.679s just before midday.
In the afternoon he gave the new aero fairing a try. His morning time remained unchallenged for most of the test, until the pace picked up in the final hours.
The Spaniard responded with a 1‘55.335s, on lap 64 of 69 in total, and ended the day in third place, 0.173s from his teammate, and is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix with a positive feeling.
“We were trying to get more acceleration, which is really important in Austria to get a good lap time,” he said. “We improved and I feel happy again on the bike, I‘m riding really good. We also tried many things with the electronics that we improved, so I‘m quite happy."
The carbon front forks from Öhlins feel much lighter, but anyway the effect wasn‘t the one we wanted. We‘ll try it again in Austria and let‘s see how we do there. We didn‘t try the two new front Michelin tyres, we wanted to keep the momentum going with this tyre and keep the best feeling for Austria.”