MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales hailed his performance in the Dutch TT as 'one of my best so far' even though the Suzuki rider's 10th place result was lower than his top finish of sixth at Catalunya.

Vinales pointed out that a number of his rivals failed to finish the race in Barcelona and highlighted Assen as a truer reflection of his standing.

"Despite the result on the timesheets I think this was probably one of my best races so far. In Catalunya a lot of riders in front of me crashed, while here in Assen it was a real race," said Vinales.

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"This circuit is stop-and-go, with big acceleration from first-to-sixth gear, and we know that we suffer when it comes to absolute power.

"The positive thing is that my pace was good and I got closer to the top riders when it comes to handling, braking and changes of direction. For sure we still need to improve the qualifying, to avoid always being in the middle pack: If I could make my own lines I'm sure I would get better results," he added.

"We are still working on development but Sachsenring will be a more-friendly track for us so let's hope for further improvements."

Vinales finished half-a-second behind team-mate Aleix Espargaro as the Suzuki pair rounded out the top ten on Saturday.


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Genuinely world class rider... I said at the start of the season and I stick by it... Suzuki have one of the best rider line-ups on the grid this year.