Movistar Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales is being affected by ‘unstoppable’ wheelspin on his YZR-M1 at Jerez and will look for a solution during Sunday’s warm up ahead of the main race.
The 22-year old Spaniard, winner of the first two races this year, said he was getting good traction in right-hand corners in Spain, but is being held up through lefts with the Yamaha struggling to apply its power.
Michelin's asymmetric rear tyre features a harder compound on the left to deal with the demands of the Spanish track, but Viñales found he could not ride as he hoped, a problem highlighted when he was following Dani Pedrosa
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“What I feel is that the right side is really good, and also in qualifying we had a really good rhythm, especially in sectors two and sector four, all of the right corners, we are good. But on the left side it is a little bit more hard, we are struggling a lot. We have a lot of spinning, especially at the beginning from the lean angle, we never stop this spinning,” said Vinales.
“It’s difficult to make a good lap because I have to push so much on the right side. All the Yamahas have this problem. We have to work really hard to try to improve the set-up for the warm-up. I followed Dani and in the left corners it’s amazing, the traction on the left. On the right corners, I was closing the gap.
“It was something strange, I don’t understand. If I can make one step I can ride with more confidence. Now it’s difficult.”