Ecstar Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales is sure the power of the Ducati MotoGP bikes have given them a serious advantage over the pack during testing at the Red Bull Ring and the Spaniard says he will have to do more setup work in order to keep pace.
Vinales was a second slower than quickest man Andrea Iannone today - setting a 1’24.208 for eighth place - but his team believe their consistency using a new swingarm alongside some chassis and electronic improvements were a good indicator.
“This second day confirmed my good impression of the circuit. The layout and the surroundings are very nice, but also it is a very unusual track; it is a typical ‘on/ off track’, with hard accelerations, three long straights and hard braking. This says that those who have the biggest power may be advantaged at this circuit, and for this we have to work more,” said Vinales.
“For sure, today we made some improvements, we were looking for some more traction and some of the solutions we have tried proved to be effective; our engineers will now work on that as we need to get here for the race in our best shape. It won’t be easy, but our pace is not bad and we will do our best to pursue our usual objective; to fight in the top-six.”