Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales were chasing podium finishes at the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya when the duo was caught up in a multiple rider collision and forced to retire.
“This is a great shame, because we did a good weekend,” Rossi said. “We worked well during the practice sessions and we also made a good tire choice. I felt really comfortable on the bike and I had a good pace already this morning, but it looked like this afternoon it was even better. I was very optimistic, but unfortunately in that corner I tried to overtake Petrucci and I already arrived a bit fast. At the same moment the crash in front of me happened, so I couldn’t avoid the bike of Jorge and I crashed. It’s a great shame, because I could have done a good race. I felt strong. On the positive side, it was a better weekend, compared to Mugello. I was competitive and enjoyed it a lot more, so we will start again from this point.”
Rossi remains in fifth place in the championship standings, with Viñales falling to 11th.
“Actually, I saw someone coming very fast on the inside, and I tried to pick up the bike to avoid a crash,” Viñales said. “Dovi was in front of me and I thought that just they were going to crash, but unfortunately they touched my rear tire and I jumped. I couldn’t avoid it and I’m really disappointed, but on the other hand I’m really happy. We’ve made a good start and did some good first laps. We had prepared the bike really well with the full fuel tank, so the method we’ve tried this weekend is not so bad, it’s working. We’re going to try to reproduce our work in Assen and see if we get the same result, because we saw on the first lap that I was able to get to the front and push, and that was the most important for me. Who knows what would have happened if I could have followed Marc? But the bike was working well and the team was doing an excellent job this weekend, so we need to keep working like this.”