Monster Energy Factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales said that he is remaining grounded and focused, even after ending the opening day of free practice fastest overall in Assen.
After being taken out of race in the last Grand Prix, the Spaniard topped the post race test, showing the speed he had in Barcelona. After just missing out on the top spot in FP1 by 0.077 to Yamaha stable mate Fabio Quartararo, Vinales went to take afternoon honours with a 1:32.638.
Vinales said his feeling is similar to that of Barcelona, but refusing to get ahead of himself.
“The feeling I have is pretty similar to what I had in Montmeló,” said the 24-year-old.
“I think I made some improvements regarding my riding style, and I take a bit of profit from it here in Assen.
“But it’s only just the Friday. We are keeping our heads down, working very hard for the race. It’s very important to get a good result and create good momentum, so we are going to try our best.
“We’re pushing. We know the bike needs to improve in some areas, so we’re going to try to do that tomorrow.”
The Spaniard was a victim of his own relative success last time out. A notorious struggler at the start of races, Vinales enjoyed his best start of the season when he was in the wrong place at the wrong time after Lorenzo’s mistake.
Vinales said that his strategy for this weekend is to focus on the start again, hoping to benefit from a solid qualifying position.
“Our main focus is the race and the first laps, so I’m going to do the same as I did in Catalunya and see if it works on Sunday,” he said.
“I will try to be on the front row, so I can make a good start. I also have some things to try tomorrow to see if I can improve my rhythm a little, because some riders are very fast.
“Let’s see what we can do, but anyway it has been a good day. Even in the hot conditions I felt good on the bike with hard tyres, which means the bike is working.”