Vinales still searching for wet weather grip answers

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Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales left Misano’s MotoGP round pleased with the progress made with the 2018-spec chassis and how it looks after its tyres but is still concerned with the lack of grip he has in the rain.

The Spaniard was comprehensively outpaced by Marc Marquez, Danilo Petrucci and Andrea Dovizioso at the sodden Italian track and says something needs to happen if a championship win is still required.

“I think we have improved a lot in the dry, with a lot of consistency. In FP4 with the hard tyre I don’t like we had a good pace, we did a good job. Now we have to improve in the wet because both Marc and Dovi are always ahead in the wet races and if we want to win the championship we have to be there too,” said Vinales.

“The behaviour of the bike with the front was really good, I’m quite happy. I have the same feeling in the dry, we improve a lot the front feeling. But on the rear it was very difficult to get the traction, honestly. Especially on the left, I was sliding a lot the bike, I could not lean. I touched maybe four or five times the knee down on the left during the race.”

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