Maverick Vinales sealed his first podium since Mugello as the Movistar Yamaha rider completed an all-Spanish rostrum in third place at Brno.

Vinales finished behind Repsol Honda duo Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at the Czech round of the MotoGP World Championship and said the result was important for his title aspirations, with the 22-year-old now 14 points behind Marquez after the tenth round.

“This weekend was very tough. Luckily, on the grid, the sun started to come and in the first lap with the hard rain tyre I was feeling quite good, but I was already thinking just when I did two laps about going in, but there was too many people so I decided maybe one lap too late to go in the box,” Vinales said.

“But after I was feeling quite good; the warm up of the slick tyres was a little bit difficult but after that the bike was going well again. I was feeling really good in the last laps of the race and I am quite happy that we recovered a little bit this feeling that I had early in the season.

“It’s really important to be back on the podium, especially for all my team to recover the confidence, recover the motivation. I think this podium is really important for the championship. Today we recovered a lot of feelings and tomorrow we have an important test.”

Looking ahead to next weekend’s Austrian round at the Red Bull Ring, Vinales has set his sights on victory as he aims to close the title gap.

“In Austria it’s going to be really important to have a good feeling and a good weekend, and winning on Sunday will also be really important.”

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