Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales will be praying for a dry Sachsenring MotoGP tomorrow as the Spaniard says electronics problems means he has no drive in the wet but his M1 is working perfectly on a dry track.
Vinales was right at the sharp end of today’s dry free practice three, working on pace with the medium and hard rear before dropping one fast lap with the soft tyre to end in second place but as soon as the track is wet, the Spaniard runs into serious trouble.
He ended qualifying two in 11th place and 1.4s off the pace while a late change to the medium wet saw team-mate Valentino Rossi claw his way to ninth.
“In the wet we are struggling a lot. I don't know why. I did some laps behind Dani. Our bike is very strong with the front, braking and going to the corners. I feel really strong. But when we touch the gas we lose so much. Our bike has no drive. Especially from 0 to 100 our bike is really slow. It's very strange, because in the dry it's totally the opposite,” said Vinales, speaking at the track.
“I said this also in Assen and also in Argentina. It's a problem we have. We have to resolve it. The electronics are not working well on the bike so we have to resolve that. The electronics work in the correct way, especially when I go for the gas. Because in the rest the bike is great. Corner speed and turning, in the wet, but on the gas, the electronics are not the best.”
“Anyway, in the dry condition I feel really good. I think we have a really good bike. Still I have to improve in sector two, but that's on my own, you know, my [racing] line. So, I'm quite curious about tomorrow. If the race is dry we have good potential I think.”