Team Suzuki Ecstar rider Maverick Vinales confirms that joining Yamaha next season does have its positives if given the option, but says he would have to think long and hard about it.
In the MotoGP standings after three races, Vinales is in eighth spot on 21 points having picked up a sixth place in Qatar and a fourth last time out in Austin. Leading the standings is Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez with 66 points.
In an interview with the Motor Sport site when asked if he would like to join a winning team by replacing Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo, who joins Ducati in 2017, or staying put at Suzuki and help them become title contenders. Vinales answered: “Honestly, both are incredible.
“When you feel you can have these two options, you dream of this as a kid.
“For sure, Suzuki is a really nice team. But the results need to be there. If you don’t have the results, it can be a mistake,” Vinales tells Motor Sport site.
“About Yamaha, it makes a lot of sense, being beside Valentino [Rossi] can be really important for my career. Also, go to a bike that is already generally at the top, it makes it more easy to give your 100 percent on the bike.”
Vinales added that he needed to do what was right for him and would make any decision by doing what his head says.
“In the past, I always make decisions with my head. Obviously, I consider the opinion of my closest people but at the end, I always follow what my head says.”
The next leg of the MotoGP World Championship takes place this weekend in Spain at the Jerez circuit.