Maverick Vinales has work to do from the fourth row of the grid as the Suzuki rider prepares for the final race of his rookie season in MotoGP at Valencia.
Vinales had a big high-side in Q1 and was lucky to escape unhurt, with Nicky Hayden taking some brilliant evasive action to avoid colliding with the young Spaniard.
Incredibly, Vinales managed to regroup to secure passage to Q2 but was left disappointed with his final position of 11th.
“I have to say thanks to Nicky but it stopped the lap also. I went a little bit out of the line and it is not the same grip and too much spinning and I crash,” said Vinales, whose team-mate Aleix Espargaro qualified fourth without the extra soft tyre.
“I'm a little bit disappointed because today I could have had fourth place on the grid but I couldn't push because we had no tyres left. But anyway we did a good job in FP4 and I'm quite happy. I was not feeling good but then we did some changes on the bike and for sure I'm happy about that.
“We need to continue working hard for tomorrow and still we have two or three tenths that we need to find,” he added.
Vinales did not encounter the same overheating with the front tyre that has affected the Honda riders in particular although he is struggling nonetheless for grip at the Ricardo Tormo circuit.
“For me it is [front tyre ok] but I was not pushing hard the front. For me today the track was more slippery than yesterday but anyway we are struggling a lot on the grip and always for us when the grip is down it is difficult,” he said.
“The strategy will be simple; to make a good start and try to catch up as soon as possible the positions in front of me. Again, the feedback we had from FP4 says that with a completely worn tyre my pace is still consistent and this leaves me comfortable for the second part of the race.”