Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales pointed to some work done back home in Spain with his father as the reason behind his first pole position at Misano, since the opening round in Qatar.
The Spaniard topped the opening day of free practice yesterday and despite many expecting Fabio Quartararo to be the man to beat, a final run with fresh front and rear Michelin tyres saw the factory man hook up his YZR-M1 for pole by nearly three tenths of a second from Pol Espargaro.
This weekend the grip has been extremely low for all riders from the circuit. When asked why he feels stronger when at a circuit with low grip, Vinales said: “I worked very hard with my father at home, trying to be better on the bike.
“The bike is the same, so I needed to improve to make a step if I wanted to be in the front. So, I work very hard at home; weight balance and see what I needed to be fast, and somehow it works.
“So, I’m really about all the hard work we did as we’ve spent a lot of days on the bike, seems to work. I was happy from FP1 as there was an improvement front tyre second lap and I was very, very happy.
“Even on the slippery conditions we create a really good corner speed and I think that’s why we’re very fast. I think tomorrow soft or medium will be a good option for us, we’re going to try to push from the first lap and we will see.
“But we are ready to fight until the end, the important thing is to fight for the victory for sure.”
Vinales said that the good feeling he has felt this weekend has been there from the beginning of the weekend, with the good feeling on both new and used tyres.
“I’m really happy because already from Friday I feel really good,” he said.
“Somehow, I create a better feeling than in the test and I can hit very good lap times, even with very used tyres, so I am excited for tomorrow. I think we are approached the weekend in a very good weekend. Step by step I think we improve a lot in our riding style on the bike on the track.
“Misano is always really good to me and I always feel great here. I have a pole in ’17, then first row last year. It feels good to be at the front battling with Fabio and Pol and trying to make my best as always.”