MotoGP Misano #2: Vinales to ‘try something very different’ in hunt for grip

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Monster Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales still hasn’t found a solution to his early MotoGP grip problems so will begin to work on the front tyre tomorrow with ‘something very different’.

Vinales and his crew thought they had come up with a fix for the lack of grip with a full fuel tank but the first Misano race proved it was still there.

“We thought yes, but then with the race set-up we didn’t find anything. We tried to replay fuel tank [level from the race], same amount of power on the bike and [we had] the same problems,” said the Spaniard, speaking at the track today.

So, tomorrow I will try something very different. We focused a lot on the rear side and trying to find more grip. It’s three years where I don’t find more grip on the bike.

“So, I don’t want to lose more time with the rear. We know the rear works in one way and we need to try to live with that.

“Tomorrow we’re going to try to concentrate a lot on the front tyre, trying to gain more grip, more stability and more turning.”

Vinales went on to admit that he loses confidence very quickly when there is no grip and that is always with a full fuel tank and semi-warm tyres.

“Well, the problem I felt is that when I have grip I can make work and I can make the lap time very easy.

“But as soon as I lose the grip, I cannot turn the same, I cannot brake on the same points, I don’t have confidence even with the front.

So, basically my thinking is to work with the front. We need to try something different because if we do the same in the race I know I will suffer.

“When there is a full tank, I don’t have the same feeling as on a time attack. We need to try to find the best when we have 20 litres [of fuel], and I think we are far away from that.

“Today what I feel is that when I try to push with the full tank, I locked a lot the front tyre, especially the hard tyre, and the bike is moving a lot. So, I can’t get the flow in the corners.”