Suzuki's Maverick Vinales says he is feeling relaxed after making his decision to join Yamaha next season as the young Spanish prospect qualified second fastest for the Italian MotoGP.
Vinales was narrowly edged out by future team-mate Valentino Rossi by only 0.094s as he put the GSX-RR on the front row.
The 21-year-old gave Rossi a tow on his flying lap, which ultimately handed the Italian rider the advantage he needed to snatch the top spot.
However, Vinales did not seem to be too concerned and he dismissed claims by Jorge Lorenzo that both riders had worked in tandem with one another in Q2.
“I like to be late to start qualifying because normally we have many riders [waiting to go out at the start of the session] and normally Valentino also starts really late,” said Vinales.
“Anyway I felt really good on the bike and I am really relaxed after taking my decision and also the team is really working good, so I need to congratulate them because in this weekend they are doing a good job.
“For sure, [it will be] hard because the Ducatis here will be strong, but anyway we have a really good pace and we tried many options: the hard, the soft. Finally I think the soft is probably the race tyre but it will be difficult to arrive to the end of the race with a really good pace.”
Pressed further on his final qualifying run after both he and Rossi left pit lane together, Vinales reiterated that he prefers to wait to enter the track when they are less riders in close proximity.
“For me, the important thing is that if I start when the lights go green, I have many, many riders and it is very difficult to concentrate, make one lap, and push at the limit,” he said.
“Normally I'm a rider that prefers to do a lap alone and with Valentino, I don't know, sometimes like him I start really late, finally we exited together from the pit box.
“If I have to say something it's that I don't want to have traffic in front and normally it works.”
Vinales claimed his maiden premier class podium last time out at Le Mans and finally ended speculation over his future by confirming he would leave Suzuki at the end of this season to team up with Rossi in the Movistar squad.