Maverick Vinales says he and Suzuki Ecstar are setting lofty targets for their second season together in MotoGP, with the Spaniard setting his sights on a top six finish in every race.
Making his MotoGP debut last year after stepping up from Moto2, Vinales impressed in his rookie campaign and is tipped to take another step forward on the factory Suzuki machine in 2016 as all teams get to grips with the new control ECU and Michelin tyres.
With a best finish of sixth place – achieved twice – in 2015, ahead of the first pre-season test in Sepang, Vinales says he is hoping he will have a more powerful bike with which to strive for consistent top six results.
"This year, both Suzuki and I have more ambitious goals,” he said. “We'd like to finish in the top six in every race, which I think is a good target, but of course it will be difficult to make happen. I am very motivated."
“We are all starting from scratch with new tyres and electronics, and everyone has their own development. We all start from the same base. Our first contact with the Michelins was very positive, and in the last test in Malaysia we tried some laps with the new electronics and I liked it a lot."
"Above all, I hope we have a bike with more power. This pre-season we will have a bike that has evolved over a full year of competition, so unlike last year we can work on other things. I remember last season I had to do a lot of work with the tyres, which were new to me, and the setup.
“From next week we will focus on electronics. Although there have only been two tests for us with Michelin, I think I know them enough that we can focus on other aspects."