MotoGP Austin: Vinales puts hands up to penalty chaos

Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has admitted the penalty chaos after his jump start in yesterday’s Austin MotoGP was down to him.

The Spaniard, along with Suzuki’s Joan Mir, was judged to have jumped the start and was handed a ride-through penalty. However, he misinterpreted the sentence and rode around the penalty loop before coming down pitlane.

It was just that I misunderstand, it was all my fault. I misunderstand a little bit the penalty, I get many seconds, then was a good comeback,” said Vinales, speaking at the track.

He dropped out of the top ten after a better-than-usual start but then set about a comeback with 2’04s laps to finally finish in 11th place.

It was a good race for us here, we show really good pace. Then after the ride through I could ride easily in 2’40s. The good point at least, I overtook some riders in the start. That was the positive.

“I did not expect to finish 11th because I was so far from the guys but I was catching some 2-3 seconds per lap.

“It was not bad, I was riding well, feeling good. If I saw myself in the front I could go even faster but it is like this, we cannot change, we just have to think on Jerez.”

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