Not even a outcome that noticed him place forward of skilled team-mate and championship rival Valentino Rossi might ease Maverick Viñales’ frustrations in Germany, as he expressed his disappointment when assessing the primary half of the 2017 season.
The 22-year previous wore a bemused expression as a 24-point championship benefit was slashed throughout the seventh and eighth rounds of the yr, throughout which he scored only a meagre eight factors, after showing untouchable all through winter testing and his first two races for the Movistar Yamaha group.
Whereas the 2017 Yamaha M1’s lack of ability to deal with low grip circumstances in excessive temperatures was ruthlessly uncovered at Jerez and Barcelona, it was a crash throughout the race at Assen, the place he had demonstrated race successful tempo in free follow, which Viñales pointed towards as a key lesson from the season thus far.
“I am dissatisfied for certain,” Viñales mentioned in Germany, after securing a powerful fourth place end. “We misplaced so many factors in 4 races. In Assen if the circumstances had been regular then I may need received the race however lastly I began from eleventh and made a mistake. It might be the important thing second of the championship as a result of I ought to have taken twelve-13 factors.
“Within the first a part of the season we confirmed that we’re robust and the following half confirmed that we have now to be taught. I hope we be taught! I’ll for certain and as we speak I took what I discovered from Assen and did not threat a lot. I need to give my most within the second half of the championship.
“The plan has to vary if we need to be like we had been within the first a part of the season. Now we have to make the bike work prefer it was earlier than. That is it: if we will try this then we’ll be on the entrance, successful races and the championship. I imply in Qatar and Argentina.
“It’s the first yr I’ve been on the entrance preventing for the championship and I attempt to give my greatest on a regular basis and typically you need to get fourth, fifth, sixth and in Assen I wished to win.
“If perhaps it was the second yr of preventing for the championship then I would not have taken that threat for the championship and as we speak I might be main once more. Issues like this make us be taught so much; at the very least for me as a result of the group have a whole lot of expertise! It’s as much as me to be taught and we are going to do a very good job. I’ll attempt to come again stronger.”
Viñales and Rossi examined a brand new chassis at a two-day check which adopted the making an attempt Barcelona encounter, and whereas the Italian acknowledged he used the brand new body on the Assen and Sachsenring races, the Catalan was extra illusive when taking questions on what spec he had used.
It was not the chassis, nevertheless, that Viñales recognized as an space of the bike’s set-up in want of most work. Right here, he highlighted the set-up of the M1’s electronics as one thing that requires work within the season’s second half.
“Someway within the races the place we’re struggling we modified the electronics and we decreased the ability each race and now it seems to be like we want extra energy from the electronics! At some races we get very confused and we did not maintain the identical line of the electronics throughout the season and adjusted it so much.
“I hope Michelin can deliver the identical tyres for a lot of races and we will work actually arduous on the electronics, additionally as we speak we weren’t 100% on the electronics, so we have to work and get the boldness with the tyres and with the bike as we had at first of the season.”