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Maverick Vinales Angry: Track Conditions Are Dangerous, Red Flag Should Be Hoisted

RiderTua.com – After a strong performance on Friday, Maverick Vinales only managed 11th on the grid in qualifying on the wet track on Saturday at Jerez. His teammate Aleix Espargaro and 2 other Aprilia racers (Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez) were also unable to achieve good results.

Vinales still has to understand this, because this is the first time they have tried a motorbike in conditions like this. However, Aprilia is not at the expected level. He is the best Aprilia rider, but that is not enough. Vinales really took a lot of risks, but he has to continue to develop in various conditions, said the rider nicknamed Top Gun.

Maverick Vinales Angry: Track Conditions Are Dangerous, Red Flag Should Be Hoisted

In the sprint race at Jerez, Maverick Vinales was on course for a podium finish in his RS-GP after Alex Marquez, Brad Binder and Enea Bastianini crashed ahead of him. But the 29 year old Spanish rider crashed at Turn 5.

Maverick Vinales – Aprilia Racing Team

“The track is 95 percent dry, but 5 percent wet and the wet spots are on the ideal racing line. We can’t see it, especially at Turn 5, on the warm-up lap I’m sure it was completely dry. It’s impossible to see these places,” said the rider which is currently ranked 4th in the standings.

Vinales continued that after the crash involving Binder, Bastianini and Alex Marquez, race management should have realized that the track was impassable. When Vinales fell, he was driving on the same racing line as the previous lap but he fell without warning. Riders have to be really careful when the track is in conditions like this. It is very easy to create serious crashes.

When Vinales was asked, was the racer who crashed on Saturday just unlucky or was it because of the track conditions? According to him, this has nothing to do with luck, it’s a matter of track conditions. If it was a test, Vinales would definitely not take to the track. There were just over 20 racers and 14 crashed for the same reason. “The red flag should have been raised immediately so that track conditions could be checked,” criticized the Aprilia factory rider.

He thought it was strange that the track actually got worse towards the end of the race. But unfortunately racers cannot communicate with race management. they are already talking to the Safety Commission about adding a red button that when pressed then sends a message to race management that something is wrong on the track. “Unfortunately it’s not ready yet,” concluded Vinales.

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