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More Positives For Suzuki Ecstar After Catalunya Test

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Team SUZUKI ECSTAR riders Maverick Vi̱ales and Aleix EspargarÌ_ stayed on at the MontmelÌ_ circuit in Spain following yesterday‰Ûªs MotoGP race for the official one-day IRTA tests, and emerged with valuable information despite rain cutting-short proceedings.

The team worked-on improvements on the electronics and to finalise the settings on the new GSX-RR engine specifications, plus a new front fairing to help both riders find more top-speed on the straights. Unfortunately only Vi̱ales made a proper test of the fairing as EspargarÌ_ slid-off ‰ÛÒ without any major injury ‰ÛÒ early into the test, and just before heavy rain began to fall.

Before the downpour, both riders topped the session until the very end, with Vi̱ales scoring a 1‰Ûª42.069 in his second lap out of 20.

‰ÛÏThe short-term objective is to find a better pace with worn tyres and finally we did it today." Vinales explained. "The colder weather also helped but I‰Ûªm proud to see that I ran almost six- tenths-of-a-second faster than in yesterday‰Ûªs race.

"The rain stopped our work and now we need to do it in Alca̱iz, we need to improve on the tyre management and to finalise a set-up that remains consistent as the tyres get worn. We had some new parts to test but most of all I focused on my riding style. Of course we need data to grow therefore any laps is an important source of information for us.‰Û

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