“We have incredible pace,” admitted Viñales at the close of the three days, his fastest time of 1m 54.330s enough to top the time sheets by 0.071s. It was that pace which will be of greatest concern to his rivals.
In his race simulation, 16 of the 20 laps conducted at the end of the day had most – Marc Marquez and Andrea Dovizioso included – labelling him as the clear favourite to win the season opener at this track on March, 26th.
It was the final lap of that run that stood out. A 1m 55.1s was less than a tenth slower than the best time in that succession of laps. And unsurprisingly Viñales wasn't totally satisfied.
“We did a really good job,” he said. “It's never perfect, you always want more. I wanted to go to '54s, because last year Jorge did. But anyway, I think we did a good job.
“I got a little bit penalised because I needed to stop many laps. But finally we recovered good, I recovered good the pace, so I feel good on the bike.
“I was feeling really strong at the end, 55 lows, I could even go a little bit faster, but maybe was too risky.
“But I think it was on a good way, we ended the test on a good way, many laps. From the fitness I feel incredible on the bike, so that's nice.
“I think we have quite clear ideas. When I go to the track, normally I try to don't make mistakes, trying to be constant, braking at the same point. Here it's difficult, maybe you are alone on the track, there is a lot of humidity.
“You just brake and crash. Normally we try to run when there are a lot of bikes, so the humidity didn't affect us so much.”
On whether he will travel to the first race expecting to win, he continued: “I didn't put that pressure, not on me, not on the team. I think we must work for the win, but we don't have to win.
“It's just the first race. We have to get experience. But anyway, for sure our goal is to win, because after the test, we have seen that we have incredible pace, so we are going to try to continue on that level.”
And do these recent testing performances make him the clear favourite for the 2017 MotoGP crown?
“I don't know. There are many riders who can be the favorite for the championship. At least the ones from Ducati, from Yamaha, from Honda can be the champions.
“There are many riders who are strong, even the rookies like Folger and Zarco are quite strong also. So they can make a surprise.
“I think Marc [is the biggest threat]. He is always being there in the front, all the races, so he is the most constant.
“Also Valentino, it's incredible how Valentino manages the races. There I can improve a lot, and also learn from him.”
Maverick Vinales - Race Simulation:
1. 1m 55.093
2. 1m 55.093
3. 1m 55.188
4. 1m 55.279
5. 1m 57.216
6. 1m 55.604
7. 1m 55.253
8. 1m 55.387
9. 1m 57.746
10. 1m 55.927
11. 1m 55.712
12. 1m 55.405
13. 1m 55.344
14. 1m 55.558
15. 1m 55.164
16. 1m 55.266
17. 1m 55.253
18. 1m 57.846
19. 1m 55.523
20. 1m 55.169