MotoGP Phillip Island: I was only interested in winning today - Vinales - Bikesport News

MotoGP Phillip Island: I was only interested in winning today - Vinales

Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales said that he was only interested in winning, as the Spaniard crashed out of second place on the final lap of the race at Phillip Island.

The Spaniard qualified in pole position on Sunday morning and after a sluggish start, quickly found himself in the lead with a hot Marc Marquez right on his tail. The two Spaniards cleared off into the distance, with the Yamaha man leading the way.

Marquez made his move on Vinales on the final lap and held a tight line for the remainder of the lap, with Vinales building up for a move into turn ten. Unfortunately for Vinales, he lost the front end of his M1, crashing out at turn ten, leaving Marquez free to claim the victory. Despite throwing away a second place, Vinales insists he doesn’t regret it as he was only interested in winning.

“I’m happy because I gave it my all in every lap,” said the 24-year-old.

“I’m sorry I fell, but it’s okay. I was only interested in winning today, I didn’t need a second place.”

“I knew full well that Marc wanted to pass me on the last lap. I tried to stay ahead because it would have been difficult to figure out how to overtake him again if he passed me.

“So, I tried to prepare the third sector well. I downshifted, but ended up falling, unfortunately there’s little I could’ve done. But like I said, I wasn’t interested in second place.”

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