1’32 ″ 198: this is the time that Maverick Vinales had signed a year ago at the end of the PL1 of the Grand Prix of San Marini and the Rimini Riviera on the Yamaha M1. The Spaniard had been the fastest in that session and then won ‘Race-2’ the following week, completing Yamaha’s double win after Franco Morbidelli’s victory seven days earlier. Today the 1995-born rider rode his new bike for the first time, the Aprilia RS-GP fresh from the first podium in MotoGP with Aleix Espargarò, third at Silverstone last Sunday behind Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins.
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Maverick Vinales in the morning completed 56 laps on the 1’33 “and a half pace, also dropping the best times on the1’33 “low, or a second from his own performance with the Yamaha M1 of a year ago. As reported by the newspaper motoracenation.com Vinales is already very satisfied with the corner exit, while he still has some hesitation in the corner entry. For the rider born in 1995 it is the first time riding a MotoGP bike built around a V4 engine compared to the ‘four-cylinder in-line’ that distinguish Suzuki and Yamaha in terms of powertrain. The engine brake, therefore, being different, could give Vinales a few days of apprenticeship to fully understand how it works during braking and entering corners. In any case, the Spaniard’s driving seemed very natural, as evidenced by the first images published on the official MotoGP website.
Vinales started running using the set-up configured by Aleix Espargarò, a setting that brought the Catalan to the podium at Silverstone. At Aprilia, the chief designer Romano Albesiano underlined that in Noale they will not upset the bike for Vinales, who has already shown that he forms an excellent couple with Aleix Espargarò at the time of Suzuki. The ingredients to dream, in the box of the team led by Massimo Rivola, everyone seems to be there and on the horizon is the Aragon stage in which Aleix Espargarò has always been very fast even in the past when the RS-GP was not a podium bike. A weekend that could also record Maverick Vinales’ debut riding the Aprilia, taking advantage of the first of the six wild cards provided for by the regulations for the manufacturers that can take advantage of the concessions to catch up on their rivals.
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