Vinales: Fading MotoGP title hopes not the main "problem"

Maverick Vinales says his vanishing MotoGP title hopes are not his main “problem” after slipping 41 points adrift following a disappointing European Grand Prix.

Vinales: Fading MotoGP title hopes not the main "problem"
Listen to this article

The Yamaha rider was forced to start from pitlane after his team had to exceed his engine allocation for the season to fit a sixth one. 

This compounded a miserable weekend for the Spaniard, who also had to contend with a depleted crew after one of his team members tested positive for COVID-19 and forced four more personnel into isolation. 

Vinales salvaged 13th from the race, though largely benefitted from attrition ahead of him, and crossed the line 25 seconds off victor Joan Mir.

Admitting his title chances are pretty much impossible now with two races to go, Vinales says the bigger issue is he was “very far [in terms of] speed” during the grand prix.

“Yeah, for sure,” he replied when asked if his title hopes were over. “I mean, Mir has to do a mistake and I need to win one race and be second.

“So, for sure it’s very difficult. Honestly, I don’t even think about it.

“Our problem is not the championship, it’s totally other things. Right now, we are very far [in terms of] speed and it’s what we need to recover.” 

When asked if the next two races will now become a test session for 2021, he added: “At the moment, we don’t have any new parts to try during the last two races, so I don’t know. 

“I don’t know really what was going to happen because we don’t have more information on the bike we have now. 

“So, we’ll see. For sure Yamaha is working, they understand that we have problems, that we are in trouble and for sure they will try to work.”

Read Also:

Mir’s victory elevated him 37 points clear in the championship standings, and he needs simply to finish on the podium in next weekend’s Valencia GP to secure the title.

Vinales is now just four points behind top Yamaha in the standings Fabio Quartararo, whose crash on Sunday means he’s 37 points adrift of Mir.

The sister SRT of Franco Morbidelli’s hopes look even slimmer, having struggled to 10th and dropping 45 points adrift of Mir. 

shares
comments
European MotoGP: Mir scores maiden win in Suzuki 1-2
Previous article

European MotoGP: Mir scores maiden win in Suzuki 1-2

Next article

Mir wasn’t “worried” about not winning a MotoGP race in 2020

Mir wasn’t “worried” about not winning a MotoGP race in 2020
Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo? Prime

Was the MotoGP 2022 title won by Bagnaia or lost by Quartararo?

Reigning MotoGP world champion Fabio Quartararo had a 91-point lead over rival Francesco Bagnaia after the German Grand Prix, a seemingly impregnable gap to overcome in the remaining 10 races. But as the Frenchman struggled for pace with his Yamaha, Bagnaia stormed back into contention and swept to Ducati's first riders' title since 2007

MotoGP
Nov 25, 2022
Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests Prime

Why there's more to Honda's 2023 MotoGP bike than the Valencia test suggests

After a run on Honda's 2023 prototype MotoGP bike, six-time champion Marc Marquez made his pessimism clear with his initial reaction. But the Japanese marque has made leadership changes behind closed doors - and a more representative bike promised for the Malaysia test in February could placate Marquez.

MotoGP
Nov 23, 2022
Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems Prime

Why new MotoGP champion Bagnaia has a stronger character than it seems

While new MotoGP champion Francesco Bagnaia might not be the loudest rider on the grid, his calm exterior belies a steely backbone. His part in turning around Ducati's fortunes at the start of the year, when displeased with a new engine concept, shows the strength of his character.

MotoGP
Nov 16, 2022
Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough Prime

Why Bagnaia's MotoGP triumph is as worthy as Stoner's Ducati breakthrough

OPINION: Despite the superiority exhibited by the Ducati in 2022, the context in which Francesco Bagnaia became MotoGP world champion means that both the rider and the Italian marque merit the same recognition that the brand and Casey Stoner received after their 2007 title

MotoGP
Nov 9, 2022
Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending Prime

Why the 2022 MotoGP season had a bittersweet ending

OPINION: MotoGP’s fifth last round showdown of the modern era delivered a tense finale despite the predictable outcome, as Francesco Bagnaia ended 15 years of pain for Ducati. But as emotions ran high for the Italian marque, a final victory for a departing Japanese rival tinged the campaign’s conclusion with sadness.

MotoGP
Nov 7, 2022
Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun Prime

Why the 2023 MotoGP title battle has already begun

Since Ducati announced the arrival of Enea Bastianini to its factory team for 2023, the staging of the four-time race winner has strained the atmosphere within the Italian manufacturer, which has raised its guard in anticipation of what may happen between him and championship favourite Francesco Bagnaia.

MotoGP
Nov 1, 2022
Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard Quartararo's future Prime

Why Yamaha has just six months to safeguard Quartararo's future

Yamaha's decision to dispense pre-season with the 2022 engine it had intended to use due to lack of reliability, the promises of improvement to Fabio Quartararo and the advance with which the rider market moves leaves the Japanese brand with less than six months to prevent the Frenchman from starting to look for a way out

MotoGP
Oct 28, 2022
The war brewing as Ducati nears its ultimate MotoGP prize Prime

The war brewing as Ducati nears its ultimate MotoGP prize

OPINION: Francesco Bagnaia has put one hand firmly on the 2022 MotoGP world title after winning the Malaysian Grand Prix, and the permutations are weighted heavily in his favour heading to the Valencia finale. But as Ducati stands on the cusp of something it has longed for since 2007, the Sepang race also hinted towards a future problem…

MotoGP
Oct 25, 2022