Misano seems to be a Yamaha track, and Maverick Vinales took the best advantage of it. The Spanish rider squashed KTM's dream with a great lap, finding a pole position that he had been missing from the start of this season.
“In Qatar, I knew very well that I could have gotten a pole, since I like that track, while it was more complicated here. There are lots of rivals, and the track has very little grip compared to last year, which partly helped us, but it still remains a problem. We did a great job in the FP4, and I was ready for qualifying."
Maverick achieved this result by working at home, focusing on his riding style.
"I worked a lot at home with my father to improve my riding style, since I couldn't be fast with the current one. I tried to get more traction, better grip, and better braking. The Yamaha is a special bike, especially this year. It's a bit more difficult, and it's the same as the one at Silverstone. I've transformed my style a bit, but I'm fast, and that's what's important."
In view of tomorrow, n.12 cannot lie. In fact, he blatantly admits he wants to get on the podium.
"I believe Marc, Fabio, and I have the fastest pace. Tomorrow will not be a waiting race. I'll have to push from the first lap so that the tires will hold up well. A victory or the podium are my goal. I have to take advantage of my privileged position, in order to stay ahead. I won't mess up at the start anymore, and I have nothing to lose."
Fabio Quartararo will also be in the front row . After having been fast throughout the weekend, he also confirmed himself in qualifying, even if the pole slipped past him. "I was thinking of attacking at the time with the medium tire, but I then chose the soft, and I made a mistake. Stopping the bike became more difficult, but my goal was the front row, and I reached it."
For tomorrow, n.20 knows he can aspire to the top positions, but he's keeping his feet on the ground.
"I'm as fast as in the tests, but I still don't know what tires to mount for tomorrow. I still have some things to try out in the warm up. There are several riders fighting for the top positions. With my pace, I can keep up with the best, but we'll see what the track will be like.”
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