Maverick Vinales felt his qualifying went really well, as the Spaniard took pole for the San Marino GP at Misano.

Vinales, the lone Movistar Yamaha rider this weekend due to Valentino Rossi’s training injury, was able to beat out his championship rivals to take pole. The Spaniard left it late, but was able to get the job done.

Vinales said he had a good feeling on his Yamaha M1 machine, and that modifications done to the bike did him a lot of good.

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The qualifying went really well. I was feeling great on the bike, the team did a really good job! Yesterday and especially this afternoon we modified the bike a little bit and I was feeling better, so for tomorrow, the strategy will be to try and stay consistent, keep the tyres on a good temperature – it’s important not to have cold tyres, especially on the first laps.

In terms of the race tomorrow, Vinales says he will attempt to ride at his own pace, and that him and the team will have to take another step forward if they are to take victory in Italy.

I’m going to start from first and try to ride at my own pace. I’m happy with how things are going and let’s see what will happen tomorrow. I’m confident that we can do a great race. For sure there are many riders who can be contenders. For tomorrow, we will have to try to make another step, if we want to win this race.

The race gets underway at 13:00 BST tomorrow from the Misano circuit.