Motorcycles Yamaha problems ‘avoided’ on Portimao track – Vinales

21:35  20 november  2020
21:35  20 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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Yamaha can conclude its step forward in Thailand wasn’t just a one-off, believes Maverick Vinales after the opening day of MotoGP practice in Motegi. Rain prior to second practice rendered the session unrepresentative, with neither Vinales nor Rossi setting a laptime on slick tyres and ending up outside

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Maverick Vinales says he’s avoided problems with the Yamaha on the Algarve track surface, and feels the best he has in MotoGP practice since Misano.

Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing © Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing

Vinales ended Friday’s inaugural Portuguese Grand Prix MotoGP running at the Algarve circuit second overall behind pacesetter Johann Zarco, and admitted it’s been “such a long time” since he felt as competitive as he has.

The Yamaha rider says this is down to the asphalt at the Portuguese venue being totally different to what he ran on at Valencia, where he struggled to 10th last weekend, and this is masking the M1’s usual grip and traction problems.

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Maverick Vinales says his improved form in the second half of the MotoGP season is down to avoiding new parts and focusing on extracting the maximum from his Yamaha bike. Since the summer break, Vinales has scored three podiums and victory in Malaysia, and came close to adding a third win to

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“The time I felt like this was Misano, both races, so I think we have a good opportunity to ride the bike and enjoy,” he said. “Now we need to understand many things because a few corners are very difficult with this bike. So, we need to keep working.

“Basically, the asphalt is totally different to Valencia, so I think the bike accepts it much better, especially the first touch [of the throttle] is more grippy and I can ride a bit better. We avoid a lot of problems, especially the lateral slide, traction. So, in this case we are quite comfortable.”

Curiously, he says the circuit’s recently resurfaced asphalt isn’t actually high in grip – much like at Valencia – and Yamaha still “needs to understand” why none of its Valencia problems are affecting it.

“Well, the grip is not very high but I have traction,” he added. “So, it’s something we need to understand and why we didn’t have that traction in Valencia. Today we worked with the height of the bike, we didn’t change the weight balance, this I think we will do tomorrow.

“We played with the [ride] height. We need to understand what is the best for the race and qualifying. So, in the end I think the time attack was quite good. The soft tyre is not unbelievable, it’s too soft on the left, so for sure I can’t take out the maximum performance.

“So, tomorrow we need to understand how to do it.”

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