‘Big step in race pace’ for Vinales at Misano MotoGP test

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Aprilia’s Maverick Vinales believes he made a big step in terms of pace over race distance during the two days of MotoGP testing at Misano, particularly for the second half.

The Spaniard, who finished third on the timesheet, was able to ride at around lap record pace which he says is an improvement from the grand prix weekend.

“We concentrated a lot for the race rhythm and I can say we made a big step. In the second part of the race, I lost something compared to the best riders and in these two days we have also had the opportunity to analyse that situation and work to improve it,” said Vinales, speaking at the track.

“From the race weekend we improved the setup and when we put race mode on, we immediately made the lap record. So everything is going the way we want and the progression continues.

“We have definitely taken a step forward with these tests. I am satisfied with the work Aprilia is doing, both with a view to 2023 and to help me in this season finale.”