The Spaniard topped two of the nine 2018 test days and ended the final test in Qatar fifth overall, but his pace ebbed and flowed throughout the pre-season.

He endured the “worst” test of his Yamaha stint thus far in Thailand and admitted midway through the Qatar test that he was finding it “difficult” to stay positive.

Asked about Vinales appearing dejected over his current MotoGP fortunes, Rossi said: “Yes, Maverick looks very down but at the end, he is fourth or fifth.

Because he wants to stay in the first position with one second [over the rest], and still [he would be] not happy,” he added jokingly.

So, it’s a different approach. I think he is young and he wants to try to always stay in front.