On the Monday after ending second on the 2021 Dutch GP, Vinales introduced he could be quitting Yamaha a 12 months into his two-year contract and was closely linked to Aprilia.
On the 2022 Dutch GP final weekend, Vinales scored his first MotoGP podium as an Aprilia rider and his first because the 2021 Assen race having come from 11th on the grid.
Vinales in current races has began to point out stronger type on the RS-GP as his adaptation progress continues, with a possible first podium for the Italian marque robbed from him in Germany when he was compelled to retire out of fourth place with a damaged trip peak system.
Requested how his Aprilia breakthrough made him really feel given the broader context of it, Vinales mentioned: “Rather a lot has occurred however proper now I’m the happiest man on the planet.
“I can’t ask for something extra, I’ve a really aggressive bike, an excellent group, a very good manufacturing unit that Aprilia is behind myself, pushing me each day.
“I’ve a wonderful household. So, I can’t ask for something extra.
“I’ve every part I all the time dreamed about and I’m able to push.
“I’m able to go on high, so I’ll push each day and I’ll make myself even stronger.
“It’s not simple as a result of proper now the competitors in MotoGP may be very robust, however I do know what I’m capable of do.
“So, I’ll push, push, push and see the place I discover myself within the final race of the 12 months.”
Francesco Bagnaia, Ducati Group, Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing Group, Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Group podium
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Vinales admits he nonetheless has to enhance his qualifying efficiency to provide himself higher possibilities in races, having solely managed one to qualify inside the highest six as soon as thus far in 2022.
“You already know, it’s a consequence of the laborious work and never giving up each day,” he added.
“The factor that we all know is many races in the past I used to be very robust.
“I keep in mind Austin I used to be very robust, however I began in 15th place and I couldn’t make that up within the race.
“Mugello we had been coming very robust, Montmelo, Sachsenring.
“I simply in some way really feel that my potential is to be within the entrance, however I would like to enhance the qualifying as a result of, okay, on this race I did a tremendous first lap, and I’m shortly in entrance.
“However in some way I really feel my potential may be a lot greater if I begin in entrance or second row.
“So, our primary goal within the second half of the season is to enhance the qualifying as a result of on the [race] rhythm we’re fairly robust, and that’s the one key.”