Ecstar Suzuki’s Maverick Vinales believes he should have grabbed second place on the combined MotoGP timesheets in Argentina but was a little too cautious about going off-line as he had already gone down after wandering onto a every dirtier part of the circuit.
The Spanish wunderkind was the only non-Honda rider in the top five, slotting into third place behind the factory Repsol RC213Vs but said that track conditions were far from ideal - ‘If you don't race on the good line, you are lost, you crash’.
“A little bit disappointed with myself, because I made a mistake. I went a little bit wide on the line and I crashed. Every rider who crashed, crashed like this. So I was not enough concentrated on that lap,” said Vinales, speaking at the track.
“Anyway, then when I came back to the bike I was feeling good, I think still I could do more. I was careful in some points that make the lap time more fast. But I think I was able to make second.
“The Hondas made a good step, four in the first five, so here they are always going good. We feel good. Still we need to improve. When the track improves, everyone can make a better set up. Now the bikes are moving a lot and are all the time like this.”