The disappointment is huge. A Misano that Maverick Vinales definitely doesn't want to remember, after his pole on Saturday, when he aimed at playing a leading role in the Riviera. Instead, in the end, the Spanish rider was called upon to be a spectator, as has already occurred too many times during this year.
A sixth place at the end of the race, on the day of Franco Morbidelli’s triumph, is proof of this.
“Honestly, I don’t know what to say after this race” he began. “I can’t find an answer. It’s been more or less the same situation from 30 races now. I feel bad about this GP, also because I don’t have an explanation. It’s difficult to continue to have the right motivation after these results.”
But Vinales’ frustration seems quite evident.
“I’ve changed my style on the bike 70 times for Yamaha, and it didn’t help. Finding and explanation for all this is really frustrating. Sometimes I hear that it depends on the tires, but that’s not the case. The bike doesn’t work, and my difficulties don’t depend on the tires.”
And it’s precisely on this point that Maverick wants to be clear a second time.
“The tires have nothing to do with it, also because I was able to go fast in the final with the tires, and they’re the same for everyone. Incidentally, the hard turned out to be the correct choice. The problem is the bike. It doesn’t work on Sundays and I can’t understand why. In fact, I can’t ride it with a full tank. I don’t have confidence, and I can’t even be as effective in cornering as I’d like. I have the feeling that I keep slipping all the time.”
Discouragement and anger continue to show on #12’s face.
“From the FP1 to the Q2, I’ve always been with the best. Then, on Sunday, I always end up struggling, and no one can give me an explanation. The bike doesn’t work. When we do the tests, I have a great grip, then it’s the exact opposite in the races.”
There are those who think his lack of competitiveness may depend on his mind, but Maverick is clear on this.
“Let's be serious. I don’t think so, also because I set the track record yesterday. I don’t think I’ve unlearned to ride the bike in 24 hours.”