Vinales hoping for smooth transition

Maverick Viñales believes there is not much difference between his current Suzuki and the Yamaha he will ride this year.

Last week, the Spaniard confirmed his switch for the 2017 season, where he will partner Valentino Rossi at Yamaha.

"With the Suzuki I am always on the limit and you have to be otherwise the bike starts to shake and it makes it difficult to keep going fast," the 21-year-old told

“The development of the bike is about my riding style but with the Yamaha it is always on a great level so any rider on the bike is always fast. 

"It is not such a different style of the Yamaha to the Suzuki because you need to be smooth and round on the corners to go fast. Normally the secret is on the gas, you need to be so focused. 

"Normally with the electronics you don't go fast so you need to use less electronics as you can, less traction control, because it normally destroys the tyre so you need to feel the spinning on the gas."

While there are many similarities between the machines, Viñales highlighted the one crucial difference.

"The biggest difference for me compared to the Yamaha is that Yamaha has incredible traction from the engine which is more important now with the Michelins which are hard and spin a lot," he added.