Maverick Vinales feels the Suzuki team can make another step towards the front of the MotoGP field in Assen after a successful test at Catalunya, even if he admits the bike is 'still missing that little bit' to fight for wins.

The youngster, whose impressive performances with Suzuki in the opening rounds of the year paved the way for him to secure a deal with Yamaha Movistar next season alongside Valentino Rossi, heads to the Netherlands eager to consolidate his top five position in the overall standings.

A podium winner this year, Vinales says a productive outing in the post-Catalunya GP test has given him more confidence on the GSX-RR, even if he admits the package is still not quite ready to challenge for wins.

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"The work we did in Catalunya on Monday after race was very useful to better-investigate the potential of the new specs of the chassis. I've been struggling with the rear grip lately and the set-ups we found can apparently can help me in finding a better efficiency with traction. This is an important step forward for me, according to my riding style.

"We are constantly making progress technical-wise and the results are following; we are consistently fighting with the top competitors, although we still miss a little bit that we need to fight properly for even better positions. Assen will be an important and yet tough race, we have to try to finalise the best set-up possible according to the new chassis and be really focused."