MotoGP: Vinales slams Yamaha after another tough day

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Maverick Vinales vented his frustrations after Yamaha endured another difficult day in Valencia.

Vinales continued to struggle for pace throughout Saturday’s sessions, finishing FP4 in 20th place, before going on to miss out on a spot in Q2 as he qualified 13th for tomorrow’s final race of the year.

When quizzed at what had gone wrong, Vinales curtly directed journalists to the manufacturer, claiming nothing they are trying seems to work.

Vinales’ qualifying time of 1’31.030 was over a second slower than he had lapped Valencia when he topped the test here 12 months ago.


“Ask Yamaha, it’s better, I have no explanation,” he replied when asked what had gone wrong.

“We are in the wrong place, we have the wrong set-up and whatever we do the bike is doing the same. We have had this problem in many, many races but here the problem is worse as you have to stop the bike a lot here and our problems come on the brakes.

“As a rider I am very frustrated and I hope the team is too. My motivation is as strong as always, mentally it is very difficult as I am pushing 100% as I want a good result in the last race and we went well here in the test last year.

“I hope we can change everything on the bike, as this doesn’t work. I hope to try something different.” 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing