Having recently confirmed his move to Movistar Yamaha for next year, Maverick Vinales is confident of a smooth transition from Suzuki machinery as he feels the two share similar bike characteristics.
The Spanish rider was confirmed at Mugello as Valentino Rossi's new team-mate at the factory Yamaha squad for 2017 after Jorge Lorenzo confirmed he will switch to Ducati at the end of the season.
In a behind-the-scenes video with Alpinestars into Vinales' life away from MotoGP, the 21-year-old says he's already relishing the prospect of getting to grips with the Yamaha M1 machine and feels the transition should be a quick one as the two manufacturers share similar bike traits.
“With the Suzuki I am always on the limit and you have to be otherwise the bike starts to shake and it makes it difficult to keep going fast,” Vinales said. “The development of the bike is about my riding style but with the Yamaha it is always on a great level so any rider on the bike is always fast.
“It is not such a different style of the Yamaha to the Suzuki because you need to be smooth and round on the corners to go fast. Normally the secret is on the gas, you need to be so focused.
“Normally with the electronics you don't go fast so you need to use less electronics as you can, less traction control, because it normally destroys the tyre so you need to feel the spinning on the gas.
“The biggest difference for me compared to the Yamaha is that Yamaha has incredible traction from the engine which is more important now with the Michelins which are hard and spin a lot.”
Vinales also sees the future of MotoGP being between himself and Repsol Honda's Marc Marquez in the battle for world championships. In 2013 Vinales claimed his maiden world title with the Moto3 championship while Marquez grabbed a historic first MotoGP world crown in his rookie year in the premier class.
“If things continue like this I think Marc [Marquez] and I are going to be the future and the ones that are going to be battling at the end of the races,” he said. “I would like to battle with him because normally it looks like it is difficult to beat him but he is always on the limit with the bike.
“If you have a good bike and can push him over the limit normally he crashes. This a point that if you play you can have a chance to make him lose points.”
Watch the full video of life off the track with Maverick Vinales and Alpinestars…