MotoGP Doha Vinales: “More relaxed without Valentino Rossi? No, he’s just in another box”

The Spaniard and his great start: “Rossi remains important for Yamaha, but I have stabilized my personal life and it is important. The encore? It can be done, let’s see the start and tire wear.”

An isolated blaze or a fire that can burn all season? Maverick Vinales’ victory in the first GP of the season, in Qatar, could lend itself to various interpretations, but the Yamaha Spaniard is very optimistic in view of the Doha GP, on the same track in Losail. “We have a very good bike, but it is difficult to understand if the Yamaha will work well on other circuits: there is a lot of grip here, less elsewhere – says Vinales -. It is a bike that gives me a lot of confidence with the front, however, what which will be useful on all tracks, and allows me to overtake with greater decision and ease than last year and this gives me hope for other circuits, but you have to stay calm. I’m satisfied, but I’m not too excited because there will be tracks where we will have to push harder and they will be more difficult for the bike. ”

Bis possible

The chance to do an encore and repeat it is there and Vinales knows it: “In this second race we have the potential to create opportunities, stay ahead and play the race again, but only in Portimao, where in 2020 we struggled, and we will see the real improvements – says Vinales -. The start, however, remains a key factor: the opponents were very fast, their device makes the difference and we will try to do the same step because if you start from the front you can better manage the race and tire wear. while if you have to push from behind to get back up, you consume more tires “.

On Marquez and Vale

The victory gave Vinales an advantage over Marc Marquez, still absent from the races, and it is a triumph that comes in his first race without Valentino Rossi as a teammate and Maverick analyzes the situation in this way. “Nobody knows when Marquez will be back, but if he comes back it’s good for the show and then all the riders want all their rivals to be on the track. Valentino’s absence, then, doesn’t give me more peace of mind: it’s just a couple box next to me and it remains very important for Yamaha. The fact is that this is a very positive moment in my life: I have much more stability, at my side there is the best person in the world, I have someone who takes care of me. 2020 has been hard for me, for many episodes, my dream remains the world championship, but it is important to have found stability in my life. And this helps. “


His partner, Fabio Quartararo, certainly wants to improve his 5th place in the initial GP. “I have just returned from a difficult race, with a good start and then a drop in the tire that created spinning and slowed me down – says the Frenchman -. In the end, however, it went well because in 2020 in this situation I would have lost many positions. and done worse than fifth. We have seen the data, even those of Vinales: in some points I was too aggressive and instead I have to be more fluid. Here, however, we have many strong points, there are curves that adapt well to the M1 and we have the inspiration to make some nice overtaking “.

Same base

Quartararo also underlines the strengths of the Yamaha: “In the race I felt very good on the front and it is a positive sign, both for next weekend and for the season – he says -. In this race we have a couple of things to try: if there are any improvements, fine, otherwise we will use the same base as last race “.

April 1, 2021 (change April 1, 2021 | 21:41)



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