Dutch MotoGP race winner Maverick Vinales said he and his Monster Energy Yamaha team need to find more grip if they’re to be competitive this weekend at the Sachsenring.
The Yamaha man won his first race since Australia 2018 last time out, and despite finishing the opening day of free practice fourth fastest overall, the Spaniard admitted he didn’t feel great on the bike.
“I didn’t have great sensations on the bike and am struggling too much through the second sector,” said the 24-year-old.
“Despite this, I set a good time and am sure we have the potential to improve. We just have to find more grip, because I’m sliding. I’m also looking for more stability, that’s why I’m trying the old fork, but tomorrow I’ll continue with the one with carbon stems.”
In spite of the lack of grip, Vinales is less than a tenth and a half off of second placed Alex Rins, Vinales thinks that both Rins and Quartararo will be fast, but they will all be chasing Marquez.
“He [Marquez] was the strongest today,” he said.
“But Quartararo and Rins were also fast. It will be tough to stick with Marc, but we need to work in order to try.”