Vinales and Bagnaia fought for victory at Misano in 2020 when the previous was nonetheless at Yamaha, with long-time chief Bagnaia crashing out on his Pramac Ducati.
In final Sunday’s San Marino GP, Vinales ran Bagnaia exhausting within the first half of the 27-lap race however couldn’t discover a manner by means of on the manufacturing unit Ducati rider.
Vinales hoped he might stress Bagnaia right into a repeat of his 2020 Emilia Romagna GP blunder, however praised the Italian for making no errors.
“I attempted from the start as a result of I all the time had on my thoughts the race from 2020 after I put plenty of stress on Pecco and he made a mistake,” Vinales, who ultimately completed third, stated.
“I used to be attempting it however he improved, he didn’t make one slight mistake to place the bike in.
“From the start I used to be feeling superb, however when Enea [Bastianini] handed me I began to wrestle just a little bit.
“Then I simply stated ‘okay, at the moment it’s third. Maverick, it’s what it’s’.
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Crew
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
“We are going to come again stronger for positive, we’re very proud of Aprilia and all of the Piaggio group.
“We’re working superb, that’s the best way to go for the victory: step-by-step and with the evolution we’re doing.”
The San Marino GP was simply shy of 1 yr since Vinales joined Aprilia after his acrimonious cut up with Yamaha halfway by means of 2021.
Reflecting on his development to turning into a frontrunner on the RS-GP, Vinales says he’s joyful “that I benefit from the races” now.
“Greater than proud, I really feel I by no means gave up, not even one tenth,” Vinales stated of the final yr with Aprilia.
“I stored working, I do know the potential that I’ve.
“I do know from the primary day the potential that the Aprilia can arrive to. That’s what we’re doing, so I’m very joyful, very happy concerning the outcomes and happy that I benefit from the races.”