MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales celebrated his best ever premier class result after finishing seventh for Suzuki in the Italian MotoGP at Mugello.

The 20-year-old Spaniard, who qualified in ninth place on the GSX-RR, gained a few places after Carl Crutchlow and Marc Marquez crashed out of the race, while Andrea Dovizioso was a retirement on the Ducati.

However, it was an excellent effort by the highly rated young prospect, who is growing in confidence with each race on the Suzuki.

"This race is my best result of the season and I can't help being satisfied. I'm happy not only for the race but also for the entire weekend," said Vinales.

"I entered Q2 immediately and I constantly improved my feeling and therefore my lap times. For sure we have found a much better set-up, which can give me more confidence and therefore making me faster.

"The race was pretty tough because I had to pass the middle pack of riders; since we have a certain lack of power I need to overtake in the handling part of the track where we are strong, so I need some laps to study my opponent and find the best place where to attempt to overtake."

Vinales is now targeting the top six if his team can squeeze some more top end speed from the Suzuki at the coming rounds.

"According to this new set-up, if we manage to get some more power, I'm confident we can aim for fifth or sixth," he said.

"It would be amazing to take a good result next time out in Barcelona in front of my home fans."



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