Vinales acrimoniously cut up with Yamaha following final yr’s Dutch GP, earlier than an try and deliberately harm his M1 within the Styrian GP led to the Japanese marque ousting him with immediate effect.
He signed a deal to join Aprilia from the Aragon GP onwards and scored his first podium on the RS-GP at Assen in June earlier than going one higher final weekend at Silverstone when he narrowly missed victory in second.
Vinales’ preliminary races on the Aprilia have been a steep studying curve and he struggled to commonly break into the highest 10 previous to the Catalan GP, all whereas team-mate Aleix Espargaro commonly stood on the rostrum.
Requested at Silverstone if he ever doubted his Aprilia transfer previous to his newest purple patch, Vinales replied: “By no means. I believed lots on this venture. I imagine lots and I imagine lots in myself.
“So, I at all times thought it was a matter of time, a matter of working.
“We all know now we have the potential to be within the entrance preventing within the races, as we’ve proven within the earlier occasions.
“And our focus is in ourselves. Nonetheless I’m not on the most with the bike, with the tracks, so I simply maintain using, maintain believing and attempt to be targeted on the right issues.”
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Workforce
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
Vinales got here inside half a second of beating Ducati’s Francesco Bagnaia in Sunday’s British GP, however mentioned his runner-up spot was a “improbable outcome” for him and Aprilia.
And although he has “the attention on the victory”, Vinales says he should “maintain my toes on the bottom” throughout the second half of this season as he continues to adapt to the Aprilia.
“Properly, I’m comfortable however I’ve the attention on the prize,” he mentioned when requested by Autosport how lengthy earlier than ending runner-up would begin to grate on him.
“I’ve the attention on the victory as a result of we imagine in that.
“However [I’m keeping my] toes on the bottom, second is a improbable outcome for us, we got here a good distance.
“I began the season with out the outcomes I anticipated, and step-by-step we’re increase the great temper, the great confidence and that is what we’re searching for.
“With Aprilia we’re working in a great way and our mentality is to construct up a powerful workforce and powerful bike to struggle in each race, each observe – not only a kind of observe.
“It looks as if that [is happening]. For the reason that Montmelo check when I discovered a greater feeling with the bike, I’m in a position to be within the podium.
“So, I’m very comfortable and very happy concerning the job we’re doing.”