Monster Energy factory Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales said that he will enjoy the moment after securing his second victory of the season, taking the win in at the Sepang International Circuit from Marc Marquez.
The Spaniard had supreme pace in free practice and converted that free practice pace into a dominant win. Taking the lead in the early stages, Vinales managed to put a second into the chasing pack by the time Marquez had cleared Jack Miller.
Vinales said he will enjoy this moment, especially after his mistake and subsequent crash in Phillip Island seven days ago.
“Amazing, because in Phillip Island I felt I had the victory in my hands, but I make a mistake and I crash,” said the 24-year-old.
“Here all the weekend I have been very consistent, with used tyres, new tyres, in time attack, so I knew if I get the first place, I had a chance to push, push and push to open a gap. So, I am very happy and very pleased.
“I have to say congratulations to the team because since four or five races ago we are improving race by race, I am getting better, more strong, especially in the early laps. Honestly, I will enjoy the moment.”
In Australia the only man who could hang with Vinales was Marquez. Starting from the fourth row, Vinales was hoping to get clear of Marquez before the World Champion could stick to his rear wheel. When asked how he felt when he saw Marquez was up to second in just three laps, Vinales said: “This time I kept a little bit in my pocket incase Marc comes back.
“Honestly, I’m very happy, we managed the weekend every good. I start good, the first laps I was there, for many races I was trying and trying to fight for the victory and today I had the chance and did it. We trust a lot on the bike, and we did it.”
Recent races have seen not only Vinales return to his former self, but the Yamaha quickly looking like the best bike on the grid. The Spaniard explained that he took a step forwards, by almost taking a step backwards.
“The steps we’ve done is just keeping the same bike, understanding how to ride it, the way to push the bike in the maximum, working with the electronics and this was the case, trying to be one with the bike,” he said.
“Keeping the flow through the corners and take out the maximum of the good points in the Yamaha.
“The time we stop the try things, when you work for a factory team you need to try many things, develop the bike through the season, so it’s always very complicated to keep one bike the same, trying to improve yourself.
“So, since halfway of the season, we keep the same bike trying to improve myself. Even if there were new items, I keep the same bike trying to be at the best level and that’s what we did.”