Monster Energy Yamaha factory rider Maverick Vinales said that his M1 is working perfectly after the Spaniard topped the opening day of free practice by nearly half a second in Phillip Island.
The Spaniard has been rejuvenated since the summer break, especially fast in free practice and qualifying sessions. Whilst not able to convert his improved pace into race wins, the uptick in Yamaha results has been largely positive.
Vinales said that the Yamaha is working perfectly at the moment and the bike will be perfect after just a few laps.
“The M1 is working perfectly, I immediately found a good set-up in both conditions,” said the 24-year-old.
“When things go like this, all you need to do is put in some laps to understand how to harness the bike’s full potential.”
When asked how he can turn his free practice pace into stronger race finishes, Vinales said: “The important thing will be to start from the front row.
“Then I’ll push right away, because it’s important to keep out of any chaos, something we often see early at this track.
“The best thing would be to break away, but if I can’t do that, then I’ll have to stay calm and be patient.”