Maverick Vinales says he has learnt the most from Marc Marquez during his maiden MotoGP campaign which saw him pick up the rookie of the year honour in 2015.

The Suzuki rider ended his first season in MotoGP 12th in the final riders' standings, just eight points off his more experienced team-mate Aleix Espargaro, as the pair enjoyed Suzuki's successful return to the championship.

The young Spaniard's season highlight came at his home event, the Catalan MotoGP, where Suzuki locked out the top two places on the grid in qualifying before Vinales eventually finished a career best of sixth place. The 20-year-old then went on to equal his sixth place at Phillip Island to cap an impressive maiden championship.

During the course of the season Vinales says he had been keeping an eager eye on his rivals to see where he could improve throughout the year.

Vinales singled out two-time MotoGP champion Marc Marquez as the best rider to learn from, picking him as the master of hot laps, braking, overtaking and lap reference, while the rider who dethroned him Jorge Lorenzo was a close second.

The Spaniard also singled out team-mate Espargaro as a strong mentor and says if he could learn from any rider from any era it would be fellow Suzuki ambassador Kevin Schwantz.

"For me, the best rider to follow is Marc," Vinales said. "We have a very similar riding style and whenever he is ahead of me things work out well. Of anyone in the history of the World Championship, I would have liked to follow number 34, the legendary Kevin Schwantz.

"Also my teammate, Aleix. He has the same bike as me, so it has the same power. In addition, we take similar lines."

Already relishing the prospect of producing further gains in 2016, while Suzuki is expected to introduce a range of updates as well as a seamless gearbox, Vinales says he is focusing on finding better starts and getting on the pace earlier in races in order to fight at the front.

"Above all my starts and my opening laps. I think this is where I have the most room for improvement."



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