The best time from these three days of testing in Sepang has always been Fabio Quartararo's prerogative but, by all accounts, including Marquez's and Dovizioso's, the best showing rider of the first race in Qatar was Maverick Vinales with a staggering race pace today despite ending in 18th in the rankings. Maverick, what do you think of today's test result?
“It was positive. I really improved the bike a lot today and solved problems, especially regarding the race set-up and overtaking. I'm happy with the bike because this year I'm ready for melees this year. I didn't have much time for the time attack because I wanted to concentrate on my riding style and my sensations. I know I have to keep working and stay focused."
What are your sensations?
They're good. My pace is quite good, and I see many strong points in this bike which I'll try to improve in Qatar. I still don't have a great relationship with the bike, and that's why I didn't do a time attack. I concentrated, along with the team, on the race pace and now we have to preserve this work and make the bike also work like this in Qatar."
In which areas can you still develop the 2020 motorcycle?
“I'll have to figure out how the new M1 works in Qatar. We did well here. I struggled a bit at the beginning, but then I did well today. I rode a lot in hot conditions because the race is usually run in those conditions, and I have to win."
What are your feelings with the new Michelin tire? Everyone's saying that the combination with your bike is perfect.
“I think I had more traction with the tire than last year on this track. The bike is different, and the tire also works differently. I have to figure out how they work and how to make them work at their best. I have time from here until Qatar."
Audio recorded by Paolo Scalera