Vinales is not one for half measures and after the Jerez test, his glass isn't just full but literally seems to be overflowing. Second in today's standings and fourth overall, Maverick seems to have got his confidence back on board the M1 at a track he's struggled at in the past.
“I can say that Yamaha is solving the problems, particularly those relating to race pace - he starts - After this test I'm very pleased, today I was able to maintain good pace, on used tyres and with a full tank”.
This doesn't mean the work is done, but the Spaniard is sure they are on the right path.
“I've focused solely on the engine and the decision is clear - he prefers that which guarantees better engine brake management - Then, of course, there is room for progress. The important thing is that we've found a base from which to start, the next steps will be to improve our top speed and traction, but generally the M1 is a competitive bike".
Rear grip is a point on which to focus over the winter.
“Traction is still our weak point - confirms Maverick - But I was quick despite this problem, and at a track where I've always struggled in MotoGP, which means the bike is working well. It's no coincidence that I was just a tenth from first place at a tough track for the Yamaha”.
To iron out the final details, Vinales is not only thinking about the engine.
“We still need to work on the chassis, to find better mechanical grip. I haven't worked on the frame during these tests, but once we sort the set-up, I'm sure we'll take another step forward”.