A first fall of the calendar year wasn't enough to dampen Maverick Vi?ales' mood, after the Spaniard again showed his remarkable pace throughout MotoGP FP3 at Losail in Qatar.

The Spaniard threw his hands up to admit, "it was completely my mistake" after a fall at turn four interrupted his time on track in FP2. Not that it appeared to affect him though, once back aboard the Yamaha M1.

Along with posting the fastest time in the later session, Vi?ales was the only rider to post a consistent run of laps in the mid-high 1m 55s in race trim on Friday evening.

Only Marc Marquez is close, although the reigning world champion didn't reveal all his cards in FP3. "I can be happy," Vi?ales said of his situation, one which suggests a debut Yamaha win isn't far away.

"Today also we tried to focus on the pace all the time. It was not so bad. The condition of the track was not at 100 percent. We did many medium-high 1m 55s when all the riders were in 56s.

"I can be happy. I think our bike is in a good level but still we have to improve. We feel like we want to be a little more constant in the lap times.

"For sure we want to take the tyre life a little bit longer because today it was a disaster. There was no grip on the back."

And was this lack of grip due to the showers that fell on Doha this morning? "I think so," he said. "Moto3 did exactly the same lap time. Moto2 also. We didn't improve.

"After the test where you have been leading at the front, sure, you come to the track a little bit nervous. You want to do good. After yesterday for sure I forget the nerves.

"I try to relax and make my own pace, and my own work. At the moment it's in a good way. We have to stay and improve some areas but we are quite happy already."

Quizzed on the earlier crash, Vi?ales explained, "It was totally off line. I just braked late and say, 'OK, I go to the corner anyway.'

"I go in and it was no impossible. I had more angle and also I was off the line. So it was completely my mistake. When I crashed I knew that I was going to crash if I did that. Let's say it will be much better if I can stay on the bike."

All of this leaves Vi?ales a clear favourite for pole position on Saturday. A collector of eleven poles in the junior classes, the 22-year has yet to start a premier class race from the very front.

He's not taking anything for granted just yet however, and pointed to the level of competition as reason to remain grounded.

"I don't know. There are many. The Ducatis. Marc. For sure, Marc. You see Zarco is close today. Iannone. There are many riders. Tomorrow we are going to try and make our 100 percent as we did in FP1 and let's see."



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