Factory Yamaha rider concedes championship chances are over.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Vinales says he’s eager confirm the set-up he discovered in Barcelona two weeks ago as MotoGP heads to Assen this weekend, labelling the feeling as the best of the season.
Vinales was one of multiple riders taken down in a crash caused by Jorge Lorenzo (Repsol Honda) at the Catalan grand prix, denying him of a potentially strong result.
Topping the timesheets in testing the day after, the Spaniard developed a positive setting that he hopes to confirm over the coming days in pursuit of his first victory this season.
“After the test in Montmelo we arrive in Assen with high motivation,” Vinales commented. “The test was very positive for us and confirmed the good feeling that I had at the last GP. I think we have achieved the best set-up of the season, as was also demonstrated in the Catalunya GP before the accident.
“I really want to get back on the M1 to confirm that the bike is working well and that we can be competitive. The championship is unfortunately already slipping away and it‘s practically impossible to win it, so we are going to concentrate on finishing the season by getting as many podiums as possible, with an eye on the future and the next season.”
Vinales is ranked 11th in the MotoGP World Championship ahead of this weekend’s eighth round in The Netherlands.