This Sunday 26th June 2022 Maverick Vinales He answered questions from reporters from TT Circuit Assen at the end of the Dutch Grand Prix.
After the disappointment of seeing Aprilia collapse at Sachsenring, the Catalan managed to bounce back perfectly in Assen for a first podium with Noale’s RS-GP.
As usualWe provide words here Maverick Vinales Without any formatting, even if it is translated from English.
Maverick, the race was tough as I started 11th and the rain flags were waving, but it’s a great first podium you get with the Aprilia factory…
Maverick Vinales : “It was a very tough race but I had a lot of fun. We were coming from Sachsenring where we thought we could fight for the podium, so we kept our motivation and momentum. After the warm-up I knew I could fight up front but I never expected to move so fast in the lap 1. What can I say?Just thank you to Aprilia because they are doing a great job and have always believed in me every day we are getting these results step by step I know our potential is very high and it will be a long way but now we go to Silverstone and Misano many tracks where I’m very fast and that’s where I’m going to try to fight for victory. It’s not easy because there are some really strong riders and at a very high level, but we are getting closer and closer.”
Surprised to see Alex Espargaro behind you at the end?
“Honestly, I thought he gave up (laughs) but I turned and saw him: ‘Oh, well, he was so fast.’ But anyway, I’m happy for Aprilia. We both wanted to be on the podium but I’m happy for Aprilia, for the whole Biagio group, because they don’t They give up: they work hard! I am also very happy for Alex because he is approaching the championship and could be a very good second half of the season. So we will fight for it. If I have the opportunity to help her, I will: I will help Aprilia! You know, our mentality is always It is working as a team, and there are many signs from Mugello that we are working well together, and I think that makes us very strong.”
Since you joined Aprilia, you seem happy, faster and faster: do you think this first podium will allow you to get a better second half of the season?
“A lot has happened but now I am the happiest man in the world: I can’t ask for anything else! I have a very competitive bike, a very good kit, a beautiful whole Aprilia factory behind me and drives me every day, I have a wonderful family: I can’t ask for anything else! I dreamed With all of that and I’m ready to attack, I’m ready to stand up front. I’m going to do my best every day, I’m going to make myself stronger, and it’s not easy because the level is very high in MotoGP now, but I know what I can do. So I’m going to make strength, strength, strength, and we’ll see where I find myself in the last races of the year.”
Six or seven races ago, you said you know it’s coming and you just have to put it all together: is it?
“It’s the result of working hard and not giving up every day. The thing we are is that my races have been very strong: I remember being very strong in Austin but I started 15th and I couldn’t show that in the race. At Mugello we came in really strong, Montmelo, Sachsenring, I felt my potential was to be up front, but I have to improve my qualification because, well, in the last two races I’ve had a great first lap and I’ve been fast up front, but somehow I feel like my potential could be a lot greater if I started out front or in line The second. So our main goal in the second half of the season is to improve the qualifiers, because we are very strong in terms of speed. It is the only way, try to start from the front, and then I can manage the tire better. So I am ready!”
What exactly do you need to improve the playoffs?
“Right now, for some reason, I’m not able to get the most out of the bike in qualifying. Especially when I have a new rear tire, the bike pushes forward and I can’t close the corner, so I’m too slow in the middle of the corner and waste time. In general, I do About the same times with a new tire and a worn tyre. Which is a good thing, it’s a good sign, because we are strong in the race, but we also have to adjust the bike to hit the lap.”
Could there be team orders during the second part of the season?
“Of course, if I get stronger in the second part of the season, we will improve and if Alex is going to be very difficult in the championship, then of course we will have to think about Aprilia. We have to think about the group, and if I get the chance in the race to be faster than Alex and it is important that he finishes. In front of me in the tournament, and in the end I work in Aprilia and it is clear that I will. Try to help Aleix. We have worked well together since Mugello, and we have found a way to work together in order to make ourselves stronger, so it is clear: If Alex had a chance to fight for The tournament, and I had to let him pass, I would do it.. We work at Aprilia, for the Piaggio group, and if Aliix had the opportunity, of course I would help him.”
You talk about your collaboration with Aleix and now we see you talking together during the sessions, but does it go beyond that and are you also collaborating on the right track?
“We work together almost all the time. For example, there are some tracks where I do a small amount of things better than Alex, and where he does a lot of things better than me, so it’s a learning process: we learn from each other. Here I tried to help him a little when he reached adulthood. 12 years and he helped me into Turn 15. That’s how we work, on the track we give our best but outside we have to work and keep our focus: it’s a long season and we have the dream, to make Aprilia the world champion, and it doesn’t matter if it’s first or first. We make this bike competitive and above it, and this is how to do it: We help each other. At Mugello we helped each other with gearboxes, and here I try to help Aleix in some corners where I was stronger than him. And I learn from him every day, because he knows the bike Well, today it fits like a glove in his hand. I need to learn different things from him.”
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