Maverick Vinales believes that he is capable of being a title contender next season when he begins his tenure with Movistar Yamaha.
Vinales won his maiden MotoGP race at the British Grand Prix last Sunday, finishing three seconds ahead of second-placed Cal Crutchlow.
Having accomplished one of his main goals with Suzuki this season, the 21-year-old feels that he could well and truly be part of the title race in 2017.
"With the right weapons I can fight for the title and that's what I hope to do in 2017," he told El Transistor. "I think my riding has taken a very big step forward lately, and I really feel very comfortable."
Meanwhile, Vinales attributed his victory at Silverstone to staying focused, and admitted he had found it tough to do so for such a lengthy period of time.
"It wasn't as comfortable a win as it looked, because I was giving 100 percent all the time," he said. "In these cases it's hard to keep focus to have the same pace lap after lap, and that for 19 laps."