MotoGP: Vinales ready to 'fight until the end'

Published: 03 September 2016

Maverick Vinales heads in to tomorrow’s British Grand Prix confident of fighting at the front whatever the conditions after bagging a front row start in this afternoon’s wet qualifying session.

The Spaniard has been quick throughout the weekend in the dry, but so far this year the Suzuki GSX-RR has been considerably off the pace in wet conditions. While it had looked as though the poor wet weather form would continue as he struggled in the weekend’s first wet session during FP4, a breakthrough in the short time ahead of qualifying left him to charge to third on the grid behind Cal Crutchlow and Valentino Rossi.

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Admitting he’s been somewhat of a ‘Friday champion’ this year having been unable to carry front-running pace in practice through to the race, Vinales was coy about his chances of fighting for victory but remains confident nonetheless.  

“Honestly after FP4 I couldn’t imagine I’d be on the front row because I was quite far off so I need to thank the team for giving me the bike on which I could push,” he said. “We were really strong this morning and I think we have quite a high chance of being at the front tomorrow.

“On paper it looks like we can be strong tomorrow, but you never know! What I do know is I’m feeling really strong and the bike is working well here. I have confidence in the front which is so important here, so we are ready to fight until the end and if I have the chance for sure I’ll take it.” 

 

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