It's difficult to say no to Yamaha - Vinales


Suzuki rider Maverick Vinales admitted it would be "difficult to say no" to a move to Yamaha next season. 

Vinales is heavily linked with a move to the Japanese manufacturer after defending MotoGP world champion Jorge Lorenzo revealed he will join Ducati in 2017. 

Spaniard Vinales is one of the highest-rated youngsters on the MotoGP grid and claimed his first podium finish in the premier class at the Grand Prix of France last week.

However, despite interest from a championship-winning team, the 21-year-old has yet to make a decision on his future.

"Suzuki is a family and they trusted me. I made my debut with them in the premier class and I get along very well with my team and the top management," Vinales explained to Cycle World.

"I know that if I stay, the development of the bike will be made around me and this helps. It is a romantic dream to try and gain a title for Suzuki as Kevin Schwantz did.

"But Kevin won only one crown, while in those years Mick Doohan won five titles with Honda. This makes me think.

"I believe that Kevin's bike was not at the same level of the other bikes and he made the difference. So to have a competitive bike is the key."

He added: "I'm proud that someone can put my name next to Schwantz, but in the end you need results. If I finish fourth or fifth, I'm not a legend, not even with Suzuki.

"I have to look for something that will allow me to gain a world title. And if the team that has won the world title looks for you, it's difficult to say no."

As for the possibility of becoming Valentino Rossi's team-mate, Vinales said: "It will help me a lot to grow as a rider. He has so much experience and if he has won nine world titles it means that he has something special.

"Moreover, the competition with the team-mate helps you to raise the bar and compete at another level. Look at Lorenzo, he has won three MotoGP world titles."