Maverick Vinales has called on Yamaha to give him a winning bike after his disappointing eighth-place finish in last weekend’s Italian Grand Prix.
Vinales slipped from third to 11th on the first lap at Mugello, but recovered to grab eighth place after duelling with Nieto Ducati rider Alvaro Bautista for most of the race.
A frustrated Vinales later blamed a lack of front-end grip on his works Yamaha after the race, and said his M1 felt “horrible” during the race.
This despite qualifying just 0.096 seconds behind team-mate Valentino Rossi, who took pole position.
“When I signed with Yamaha, they promised me a bike to win,” said Vinales, who has gone more than a year since his last win. “It’s time to show that the bike can win.
“I hope Yamaha can solve this problem, because when you are with a bike where they promise you to win, you want to win – not to win every race, but to be there.
“I can be there with the level I have, the level we show [in practice and qualifying]. But in the race everything goes [wrong].
“I hope Yamaha received the message, because they promised me a bike to win, not be seventh or fighting with satellite Ducatis.”
Despite his troubles, Vinales remains third in the championship standings, 28 points behind leader Marc Marquez.
“As I said, I am here at Yamaha to win,” Vinales added. “Let’s see if from here to the end of the season if we can improve and we can win.
“We are 28 points behind Marc, there is still a chance. Even when things go bad, the championship is not going away, so for me this means we have to react and we have to find the solution now.
“It’s one year or more since we had this problem. They [Yamaha] have the chance to win the title, they have two riders that can win the title.”