Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales is quietly confident after qualifying on the second row for the British Grand Prix at Silverstone after altering his seating position.
The Spaniard had good pace through the free practice sessions, however, he couldn’t convert that pace into a special lap in qualifying, albeit only a tenth and a half off the front row. Vinales said that his pace in the second half of the race is very good, as he has to fight in the early stages of the race.
“We have been working very hard for the race, especially with the tyres and with the bike set up,” said the Yamaha man.
“Today I changed to a different position on the bike, which helped me a lot in the slower corners, but still we have to make another step tomorrow to be more competitive. We are good, especially from lap ten to lap twenty but at the beginning of the race we will see.
“We are working on that area. On this track when you have someone in front or whatever it’s much easier to do the lap-time. I’m happy about the second row, we pushed hard so I have a good potential.”
Yamaha have been working hard to improve the M1, especially for Vinales who has struggled on circuits with low grip. Vinales noted that the new tarmac, combined with the time of the Moto2 race, could help.
“The differences are very, very small,” he said.
“But some ways they help on the way it needs to help which is the race. Any more on help when there is more grip is good. This race in particular will be special as we race before Moto2, so maybe the grip level will be much higher than normal.
“But anyway, somehow, we need to keep working for next year to improve when there is no grip. But we are trying to find out on the bike, my position and my riding style to improve in that areas, as the bike is the same, so I have to improve if I want to be on the level of the competitors.”