The MotoGP season returns to Spain for Maverick Viñales’ home Grand Prix at MotorLand Aragon.
“For me all the Spanish rounds are very special, because of the atmosphere and the fans that are always there supporting the Spanish rider,” said Vinales, who claimed a Moto2 victory at Aragon in 2014. “It‘s like my second home Grand Prix and we know that we can deliver a good performance there with the M1. It’s also one of my favourite tracks because of its lay-out, so in Aragon we can be very fast.”
Viñales has just missed out on the podium the past two years, finishing fourth in 2016 and 2017.
Valentino Rossi, who came in behind Viñales in fifth in last season’s race, has reached three podiums at Aragon – third-place finishes in 2013, 2015 and 2016. The nine-time champ sits third in the championship, just three points behind second.
“Another intense GP is waiting for us,” Rossi said. “We want to fight for the podium, and it will be important to work well from day one, because we want to be on the podium again.”