Yamaha 'very impressed' by Viñales' start
17 November 2016 – Yamaha has hailed Maverick Viñales "very impressive" start to his Yamaha career after he topped the first two days of MotoGP's post-season test session in Valencia.
Viñales, who ran a 2016-spec M1, edged out team-mate Valentino Rossi on the first day, before breaking into the 1m29s bracket on Wednesday, the only rider to do so.
Viñales has made the switch to Yamaha after two seasons at Suzuki, and Team Director Massimo Meregalli praised the 21-year-old Spaniard for his controlled adaptation.
"We can be very pleased with the progression we are making," said Meregalli.
"Maverick's initial nerves have gone now and he is already very strong.
"It's amazing to see him drop a 1m29s so shortly after his transition and we are also very impressed with how accurate his feedback is with so few kilometres under his belt on this bike."
Rossi, meanwhile, also got the chance to run Yamaha's 2017-spec bike, giving the Japanese manufacturer direct comparisons to consider for its development path.
He ended Wednesday's running in seventh, 0.734s off the pace.
"Valentino spent the afternoon testing the 2017-spec bike and making comparisons versus the various setting options," added Meregalli of the team's programme.
"Thanks to his assessments we have a better understanding of how these features affect the bike's balance.
"We will share this data with Yamaha's Japanese engineers so they can continue developing these items, but for a first test we are already in a good position."