Maverick Vinales © Gallo Images
Talented newcomer Maverick Vinales says he is highly motivated to atone for his mistake at the Americas MotoGP with a solid performance at Jerez this weekend.
Vinales ruined his own chances of third straight premier class win after crashing out at the Circuit of the Americas two weeks ago.
As a result, he is trailing Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi after the first three races of the season, and he is eager to change that.
“After the disappointing result in Austin I'm happy that I didn't sustain any injuries,” said the Spaniard.
“We also proved that we have the potential to fight for the victory at every race and this motivates me to arrive to Jerez even stronger than I was at the last GP.
“Jerez is a good track for Yamaha, they've always been very fast there, so I know that I can be as strong and fast in Jerez as I was in Austin and as I have been at all the tracks during the start of this season. We just should be focused, find a good set-up for the bike and push until the end of the race. I'm extra motivated for the next round.”
This week, the factory Yamaha riders will run special livery to highlight the five-year partnership between Yamaha and JXTG Nippon Oil & Energy.