Viñales: Yamaha losing out on acceleration
13 August 2017 – Maverick Viñales feels that Yamaha is losing out under acceleration at the Austrian Grand Prix, as he prepares to start the race from the second row of the grid.
Reigning World Champion Marc Márquez bagged his third straight pole position at the Red Bull Ring, with Ducati pair Andrea Dovizioso and Jorge Lorenzo claiming the other front row spots.
Viñales, meanwhile, was the quickest Yamaha rider, albeit over half a second behind title rival Márquez, and was quick to point out the weaknesses of the M1.
"We have the opportunity to start from the front, on the second row," said Viñales.
"There's still a lot of work to do. We need to improve on acceleration in the first and second sector, because that's where we lose some time.
"We're going to use the new fairing in the race, because we think it's a little bit better."
Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi will line-up from seventh place on the grid and accepts he faces an uphill challenge if he is to recover to the front.
"I think that my potential was better, that I can try for the front row, or anyway for the top five, but unfortunately the second tyre was worse," Rossi explained.
"I didn't have grip, I tried to push a lot, but I had too much spin. Unfortunately, sometimes this happens.
"I have to start from the third row, which is always difficult, very complicated, but my pace is not so bad, so we can try to fight."