MotoGP Brno: M1 ‘unsafe’ to ride by race end – Vinales

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Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has admitted he was lucky to finish yesterday’s Brno MotoGP as he had so much wheelspin, it was unsafe to ride the works M1.

The Czech Republic track came in for some hefty criticism over the weekend for being bumpy and having low grip - with calls from the safety commission for it to be resurfaced before 2021.

Vinales started the race from fifth using Michelin’s soft rear tyre but quickly scythed his way backwards, ending up in 14th and slipping into the 2’01s lap bracket - the same as Aprilia’s Bradley Smith and slower than rookie Alex Marquez.

“In the race, since the first lap, it was impossible, a lot of spin. Lap by lap it increased, and then at the end it was very unsafe to ride the bike,” said Vinales, speaking at the track.

“So, I tried to make my best as always, I tried to make my best. So that was the best we could do. For sure I think Yamaha is much more hurt than myself because it’s difficult to finish in P14. And I was very lucky, because if not, I don’t even take one point.

“All weekend we have been struggling with the tyres. For me it’s hard to say, because it’s difficult to understand why in warm-up I could be second and so fast, and then in the race I was P14.

“The only thing we can do is keep a positive mind, we have to work very hard to understand that nothing is perfect in life, also we make mistakes.”