Yamaha's new MotoGP signing Vinales wants to tone down aggression

Maverick Vinales believes he can build on his already-rapid start with the Yamaha MotoGP team by toning down his aggression

Yamaha's new MotoGP signing Vinales wants to tone down aggression

Vinales has joined Yamaha from Suzuki to replace three-time champion Jorge Lorenzo, and has topped all three official tests since taking over last November.

The Spaniard won a race last year on his way to fourth in the championship and has been tipped as a title contender with his new team, having led reigning champion Marc Marquez by 0.294 seconds at Phillip Island last month.

Asked if he felt ready to fight for the championship at the end of that test, Vinales said: "Today, about all of the conditions, I think yes.

"I think the bike is ready. Still we have to improve a little bit the electronics, a little bit the braking points, I have to improve, too.

"I have to be better for the bike, more smooth, sometimes I am too aggressive and I move the bike so I cannot be as fast as I could be if I had been 100% smooth and going on the line.

"The speed is there. We need to still work in some areas, to be at 100% for the first race, but I feel great in the team, and that's the main thing."

Vinales has also shown promising form over longer runs in testing, although he said he had to cut a race simulation at Phillip Island short because he was being followed by Marquez.

The 21-year-old acknowledged that even with Honda's engine issues, Marquez will be a factor this year.

"He's really strong," Vinales said.

"His braking points are quite amazing, he's good there and in that area we have to improve."

Yamaha left Phillip Island still yet to make a decision on which chassis it will use this season, with the final pre-season test starting in Qatar on Friday, ahead of of the season opener at the Losail circuit on March 26.

shares
comments
Smith: KTM at 80% of its potential ahead of 2017 MotoGP season
Previous article

Smith: KTM at 80% of its potential ahead of 2017 MotoGP season

Next article

MotoGP testing: Tito Rabat returns from injury for Qatar test

MotoGP testing: Tito Rabat returns from injury for Qatar test
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022