Maverick Vinales admits that joining Valentino Rossi at Yamaha is a move 'that makes a lot of sense' as the young Spaniard weighs up his options for 2017.
Vinales is one of the riders in talks with Yamaha over replacing Jorge Lorenzo from the end of the season, who has signed a two-year deal with Ducati.
The Ecstar Suzuki rider was tipped by Movistar Yamaha managing director Lin Jarvis as a future MotoGP world champion during Thursday's press conference ahead of this weekend's fourth round at Jerez and Vinales admits the prospect of teaming up with Rossi is a tempting one.
“Both [opportunities] are incredible [staying at Suzuki or joining Yamaha], when you feel that you can have these two options it is something that that I always dreamed of when I was a kid,” said Vinales.
“Also to go to Yamaha makes a lot of sense because I think being in the side of Valentino can be really important for my career and also to go to a bike that is already there on the top makes it more easy to give your one hundred per-cent on the bike.
“I need to do the best option I can and I'm waiting also to see myself and I need to follow my head. Obviously I consider the opinion of my closest people but I always follow my way and what my head says,” he added.
“I feel really good and when two big factories like Yamaha and Suzuki want you it means that you work really hard and you can be fast enough for riding those bikes.”
Vinales, meanwhile, is feeling confident over his chances at Jerez this weekend as he continues to edge closer to a rostrum this season on the GSX-RR.
“Anyway now I am really concentrated on these Grand Prix because it is very important for us to achieve our best result in the next races because we have a good potential,” he said.
“We need to work harder on the Friday because I think in Austin with a good start the podium was maybe possible, so for sure we need to be focused on the start and try to do my best.
“Last year, when I ended in Valencia so far from the top, if someone told me that Suzuki can make this step, for sure I don't believe. Anyway, they work so hard and every weekend we improve and we have showed that we can on the level – not now, but maybe in the next races,” said Vinales.
“It will be difficult [at Jerez] because the tarmac is different, also the track is quite different from America and Qatar, so we need to keep positive but I think also here can be positive for our bike.”