Vinales: Suzuki are now regular challengers

Outgoing Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales believes he can offer a credible challenge in all of the remaining four rounds of the Moto GP campaign.

Vinales secured his first Moto GP success at Silverstone last month to end Suzuki’s nine-year wait for a win, with the Spaniard also holding the lead for seven laps in the last race at Aragon.

Ahead of this weekend’s Japanese MotoGP, Vinales – who will leave Suzuki at the end of the season – believes the work done on the bike has made the team sufficiently competitive to challenge for another victory in the last four races.

“I feel very confident, we are growing race after race and now we are aware that we can be competitive for the top positions in any race,” he said.

“It’s a good feeling because it allows us to work with less pressure and keep the focus on our method.

“The machine has grown, but also our understanding of the electronics and the set-ups allow us to be more competitive.

“For sure in Motegi we will also take advantage to collect more information and transfer directly to the Japanese developers.”