Maverick Vinales has said that catching Honda’s Marc Marquez in this year’s MotoGP title race is practically “impossible” given Yamaha’s current level of competitiveness.
Vinales recorded his second-straight pole position at Aragon at the weekend, but could only finish fourth in the race as Marquez earned his fifth win of the season.
The win saw Marquez extend his lead at the top of the championship to 16 points with just four rounds left.
The Spaniard currently lies in third spot 28 points behind Marquez with a maximum of 100 points still available.
“If we want to win, we have to improve the package,” said Vinales.
“Every race that passes, our options become more and more limited.
“I woke up thinking about winning [on Sunday], but after giving my 200% you can see that I did not catch them.
“To fight for the championship this way will be very difficult.
Vinales said his struggles were down to a lack of grip.
“I had no grip in the rear. If we can find the traction and we find it now, we can fight. But if not, [it will be] impossible.
“We always give the maximum and more, both me and Yamaha. [But] with the package we have now, it’s difficult to think that we can recover [almost] 30 points.”