Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales stressed the importance of selecting the correct tyre for Sunday’s 30-lap MotoGP race at the Sachsenring, after qualifying on the front row of the grid, behind Marc Marquez and Fabio Quartararo.
Coming off the back of his first win of the season, Vinales has quietly been challenging at the front through all free practice session, including topping FP4 overall.
Vinales backed that up, qualifying on the front row of the grid, something, which he said, was even more important than his pace in FP4.
“Today the main goal was to be on the first row, it was very important for us,” said the Spaniard.
“It was even more important than FP4, we concentrated a lot to improve the lap times and the rhythm. We tried to improve sector two where I always struggle in this track for many years.
“Anyway I was feeling great in FP4 and in qualifying so tomorrow as I said it’s very important and crucial the tyre decision. We have two tyres that work good, but anyway it’s important tomorrow morning to see the weather, the temperatures and we will decide in the last moment.”
Vinales is maybe enjoying some of his best form since his move to Yamaha back in 2017 after winning three of his opening five races. With the three week summer break coming up after this weekends race, the break is coming at the worst time for Vinales.
“I think we did a really good step forward after Mugello. Sure it’s a shame because we are getting on a good way and a good rhythm,” he said.
“We are riding the bike in a good way. Anyway it’s important for Yamaha to also have a rest and to understand what we need to improve.
“In FP4 I get Bradl in front so I see many positive things from our bike, but also many negatives. We need to keep working and like I said after Mugello we’ve made a great step, so second part of the season it is important to improve the bike and to be strong again.”