MotoGP: Day 2 of Viñales and Espargaró's Red Bull Ring Test

Day 2 saw some improvements for the Team Suzuki Ecstar racers

Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró had improved their lap times in the second and final day of testing at the Austrian Red Bull Ring and collected important data on what they need to do to be completely ready for the race next month.

Both Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró improved their lap-times session-by-session as their confidence with the layout increased. The information they gathered from the additional laps will help their team's engineers determine any aspects that may need more attention.

The Team and riders will now take a three week break before they hit the track for the the 10th round of the MotoGP World Championship at the circuit on August 14.

Maverick Vinales Day 2 of testing at Red Bull Ring

First Look: 2013 Honda CRF250L

Viñales' confidence in the track increased with the additional day of practice and has confirmed his good impression of the track.Photo Courtesy of Suzuki

Ken Kawauchi – Technical Manager:

“Our riders and team had only one day of resting after the race in Germany and we immediately came here to Austria for testing. The riders did a really good job; they ran two fully-intense days where we could compare many test items. We focused on getting acquaintance with the circuit, but we could also test some improvements in electronics and chassis with a new swingarm, as well as some new tyres brought here by Michelin. If we look at the single lap-time we are not at the top and some competitors are faster than us, but looking at the pace we are in a good position. Now we take this whole experience and we go to Japan, we will exploit the ‘Summer Break’ to work on this and prepare for the Austrian GP at our best, in order to come back stronger than where we are now.”

Maverick Viñales:

“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. 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.”

Espargaro and engineers made changes at the Red Bull Ring tests
Espargaró and his team are trying out different changes to see if they will be the solutions to having a successful race after the break.Photo Courtesy of Suzuki

Aleix Espargaró:

“Today we worked really hard, especially in the afternoon where we tried different solutions with the electronics and also a different swingarm, to try to find more traction. This circuit is very nice but the full power will play a major role; for this I expect we will be struggling a lot. For sure races are done by the pace also, and on this we worked hard and had positive responses. This summer break will be useful, we will take a rest from the race weekend rhythm, but this will also allow us to look at our issues with clear mind. The second part of the season will be very tough as we will have many back-to-back races, therefore we will come here again for the race with full determination and enthusiasm.”

Red Bull Ring Test – Combined classification:

  1. Andrea Iannone – 1'23.240
  2. Andrea Dovizioso – 1'23.680
  3. Casey Stoner – 1'23.865
  4. Jack Miller – 1'24.049
  5. Hector Barbera – 1'24.091
  6. Valentino Rossi – 1'24.169
  7. Jorge Lorenzo – 1'24.194
  8. Maverick Viñales – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'24.208
  9. Aleix Espargaró – Team SUZUKI ECSTAR - 1'24.335
  10. Scott Redding – 1'24.375
  11. Yonni Hernandez – 1'24.396
  12. Cal Crutchlow – 1'24.455
  13. Eugene Laverty – 1'24.497
  14. Danilo Petrucci – 1'24.602
  15. Tito Rabat – 1'24.760
  16. Michele Pirro – 1'25.139
  17. Mika Kallio – 1'25.191
  18. Tom Luthi – 1'25.705
  19. Loris Baz – 1'25.994

Related:

See how Viñales and Espargaró did on Day 1 of the Red Bull Ring Test HERE.