Vinales: I'd have rather crashed than lose Australia MotoGP win

Maverick Vinales says he was not going to settle for second place in MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix and that he would have rather crashed, which he ended up doing

Vinales: I'd have rather crashed than lose Australia MotoGP win

Yamaha rider Vinales led the majority of the race, but eventual winner Marc Marquez was right behind him all along and the Honda man passed him on the main straight as the final lap began.

Vinales knew Marquez was waiting for the last lap to make his move, and said that his strategy was to retake the lead at MG hairpin at Turn 10, where he had a clear advantage over the Honda.

He ended up crashing at the turn, but doesn't regret the charge that led to it.

"I was going for the victory and I wasn't getting second place," he said.

"I tried to overtake him and when I pulled [up] the [lean] angle and slowed down, I locked the rear.

"It was my fault, there's no doubt about that. I knew Marc was waiting for the last lap to pass me.

"I started the last lap much more tight to the kerb, to say 'okay, maybe I have the chance that [if] he overtakes at the last moment I can brake later'. [But] he overtook me before the finish line.

"I had another plan, I was planning sector three to push at the maximum and to overtake in corner 10, it's what I did.

"Already before the crash I planned to go in without brakes, and see what happens, but I locked the rear.

"I knew he was going to overtake me there [on the straight] but I had prepared the third sector very well to come back.

"I'd rather end up on the ground than second."

Despite crashing, Vinales called it a "very positive" race, having been set to beat the rest of the field by over 10 seconds.

"For me it was a very positive race, I crashed but I was satisfied.

"I gave my best every lap. What can I say, the bike has to improve for sure but today the bike was working in a really good way.

"But I'll keep working, I need to understand the way to fight with the Yamaha, so if this time I fell down, maybe next time I can do the attack. We'll see. Today was important.

"I am quite happy because I kept a good rhythm, maybe only Marc was better than us, but the rest were 11-12 seconds on the back."

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