MotoGP Aragon: ‘Worst race in my Yamaha time’ - Vinales

Maverick Vinales has branded yesterday’s Aragon MotoGP as the worst during his tenure with Yamaha but can’t pin down the problem as ‘every area was working bad’.

The Spaniard dropped like a stone off the grid after being handed a penalty for holding up Bradley Smith in qualifying and fought back to tenth place but was 22.457s off the win.

“Well, honestly it was the worst race in my time at Yamaha, and the worst performance of the bike. The feeling was worse on the bike. I can’t say really precise comments because every area was working bad,” said Vinales.

“There was not one area that was working OK. I wasn’t comparing myself to factory bikes; I was comparing myself to non-factory bikes, that were even better than me. Honestly.

“I rode a very different bike from yesterday. I tried to try something. I tried to go a little bit higher on the weight balance, trying to put more pressure on the tyres to get grip. But it seems it didn’t work. It was honestly a complete disaster. The corner speed in the last laps, it was spinning around all the track.

“I’m really disappointed with this weekend and Misano. I had really good speed at the test, but since Misano it seems we have gone backwards rather than forwards. There’s not much say – just try to forget this race, go home, relax, concentrate and try again at Buriram.

“We have lost all our objectives, we don’t know what to aim for. Now we have the Asian tour and I just hope to get it over with fast. Zero motivation, zero expectations.”

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