After a seventh place in Jerez, preceded by an eleventh place in Portimao, in Le Mans, Maverick Vinales wasn’t who we saw in Qatar. The Spanish rider, who had qualified in second place, was unable to exploit the potential of his M1, finishing tenth at the Bugatti and complicating his situation in the standings, given the results of his direct rivals.
“I wasn’t lucky today,” Maverick said. “My race ended with positive feelings and, if we had raced in normal conditions, I would’ve demonstrated all my pace.”
The start of the race, in fact, was not bad at all. Then the error as soon as it started to rain. How did that happen?
"Yes, I got off to a good start with the holeshot device, and I’m very happy with it. Then I made a an error at turn nine, ten, and I lost contact with Quartararo, Marquez, and Miller. It was totally my mistake. I tried to recuperate, but then the bike wasn’t the best with less water on the track. In any case, everything went well in wet conditions.”
So the biggest problems with the M1 were in mixed conditions. Correct?
“Yes, that's correct. I had no grip. Paradoxically there was more grip with totally wet asphalt. This is a problem we have to solve, or at least an area to be explored, even if I hope to no longer find these conditions.”
The bike, however, seemed to go fast with Quartararo in mixed conditions. Does this reassure you for the future?
“I believe that Fabio had a lot of courage on the track with slicks in wet conditions. At that moment, I made a mistake and lost contact with the best.”
It was four years since there had been a flag-to-flag race Did you miss that?
“They’re difficult races, especially when you go from dry to wet. It’s really scary. Today the mistake was totally mine. I have no excuses, and I paid dearly for it. Now to Mugello.”
Your wife is expecting around the Mugello GP. Is that right?
“Yes, just before. Let’s hope it’s on time,” he said laughing.