MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales says increasing the level of electronics in Moto2 would help riders prepare for the premier-class.

"Moto2 didn't help me a lot because now we have a lot of electronic, the tyres are really different. Everything is different," Vinales said of MotoGP. "Also the power is amazing."

Despite the learning curve, the new factory Suzuki rider has scored points in all four races so far, including a best of ninth in Austin.

Related Articles

"I think it's gone really good. I mean the first objective four months ago was getting points and we are usually in the top ten so for sure it is better than we expected, but we want more," he said.

Asked where he has made the greatest gains in adapting to the GSX-RR, Vinales confirmed: "For sure we improved a lot the electronics. I was starting from nothing, so we are a little bit late in that area."

Which is why Vinales backs making the standard Moto2 ECU more sophisticated: "Yeah for sure. Because in this [MotoGP] bike you have a lot of electronics and sometimes you don't understand.

"Now ok I can change some maps and also traction control for the bike, for the last laps, so everything is more smooth. The power and everything. But honestly I don't touch so much."

Those mapping and traction control changes are made during the race to compensate for tyre wear.

"Even if you remember [to do it] they show you on the pit board as well. Maybe with 15 laps to go. But if you feel good you can wait and change with 10 or 8 laps to go, if the tyres are OK."

Vinales only needs to change the mapping once in a race - if all goes to plan. "It depends. If you think it's worse you change back!"

This weekend's French round marks a return to a circuit where the 21-year-old took his first grand prix win, in only his fourth start, in the then 125cc class.

"Was my first win. I've had great results here. So I'm happy to be here. I think Suzuki can get a good result here. My target is to be in the top ten. Try to qualify really good and get closer to the top."

"For me it's my track!" he added. "Just for my riding style Le Mans is really good. It's hard braking and you need to accelerate early. So for me it's good."


Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register to add your comment

I'm all for less electronics, but it's not going to happen in MotoGP. As electronics get added to production bikes, it's a problem eliminating them in production based series too!

Moto2 is a feeder class and should help train riders for MotoGP. Reducing the learning jump that Maverick is going through can only help the racing.
When MotoGP goes to the spec electronics, they might be able to trickle them down to Moto2.

Hopefully the difference from Dunlops to Michelins will be less then the jump to Bridgestones.

We should also eliminate Carbon brakes...