Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales is not champing at the bit to get his hands on the 2020 YZR-M1 that has been wheeled out in today’s Brno MotoGP test but more interested in getting the 2019 bike better for this weekend’s Austrian round.
Vinales, and team-mate Valentino Rossi, again suffered with grip problems at the Czech Republic track and the Spaniard believes sorting that out is more vital than working on the 2020 machinery.
“I want to concentrate a lot on Austria. For me this season is still here. I want to be at the front at Austria so I have to concentrate on acceleration and braking for there,” said Vinales.
“I will not lose a lot of time thinking about 2020. I will think about right now. To feel good I need to think about this year.
“For me the result at the next race in five days is more important. We can collect data at Misano and Valencia. We have three days in Valencia.”
Vinales was a frustrated man after yesterday’s race after a poor start saw him mired in the pack and unable to make any fast progress.
“It took seven laps to overtake Bagnaia. He was one and a half seconds slower than me and I couldn’t pass so I got very frustrated. The same story as always. On the start it’s true that I slid a little bit and I got stuck. I could not be more in front and prepare the first corner. So I lost many, many places.
“First of all traction. Then the top speed. I could not even get close to make the attempt. Only corner one was where I could have the possibility to overtake on all the track.”
“This is the way the Yamaha works. When there is no grip the bike don’t work. Maybe in Assen and the Sachsenring we got lucky because the grip was not so bad.
“When it rains and then gets dry our bike is difficult, it loses everything. In the warm-up it was really good. Incredible. The bike I could ride really easily in the 57.3s. In the race to go a 58-low I nearly crashed many times. You can see the big difference in the bike.”