The winner is called to reconfirm. Consistency was the weak link of Maverick Vinales in 2020, and the Spaniard knows that a victory in the opening race will be useless if performance is not up to par. So it is necessary to continue to maintain the frenzied pace of Losail, perhaps with some improvements to his Yamaha. The Spaniard complained about the starts of his M1, judged not to be as good as Ducati: but obviously progress cannot come immediately. Not bad, until the 25 points arrive in the race. These are the words of the Yamaha rider in the press conference of the second appointment in Qatar.
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“It was just the first race, we have to go to many other tracks to understand if the bike has the consistency to fight anywhere. Here the Yamaha is fine, of course there are some points where I can’t overtake but in others I’m strong and the bike allows me to ride in a certain type. I think it’s too early to assess the season, we only competed on one track. After this race we will go to Portimão, where in 2020 we struggled a bit, and we will see there if we confirm the improvements. We don’t have to dwell on the past. But I like to be leading the championship, it is a pressure that motivates you because it means that you are working in the right way“, Said Viñales.
“I don’t want to get too excited too soon. Let’s focus on the second race in Qatar and on where to improve. For example in departure: I think ours was good, but the Ducati was fantastic. We will try to improve but we can say that the starting device makes a huge difference, because the Ducatis started much faster than in 2020. Yamaha will try to get there as soon as possible, but this gap makes me angry, because the driver is forced to wear out the tires soon. We are obliged to improve“Continued Maverick Vinales. A close on Marc Marquez, who will not even race in the second round of the season: “Nobody knows when he will be back. For everyone it is positive, for the show it is important, we focus on our work and on how to be strong. Clear, every driver wants all opponents to be on the track“.
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