Maverick Viñales battled hard at the Gran Premio d’Italia Oakley, rising from 12th in the pack all the way to sixth to score valuable championship points at Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s home grand prix.
A crash on Lap 7 forced an early end to Valentino Rossi’s race. The nine-time World Champion is now fifth in the rider standings, with Viñales jumping up to eighth.
Maverick Viñales: “Today I struggled a lot. I had no feeling with the bike during the race and the tires were very slippery. I tried to push in the correct way and manage the tires in the best way I could, but anyway it wasn’t enough. I don’t think we should be on the level of getting sixth places, we need to push more. I really don’t know what to expect for Montmeló. For sure, during the practices we can be there, but in the race it’s a different story. Our bike suffers a lot when we don’t have grip. So, we need to keep working to see if we can improve the feeling and take steps forward.”
Valentino Rossi: “It was a very difficult weekend, because I was always very slow. We expected to be more competitive, so it was difficult to manage. We also made some mistakes in the practice: I made a mistake in FP3 and because of it I started very far towards the back of the grid. In the race, my pace wasn’t fantastic. I tried to overtake Mir, but he tried to defend his position, and unfortunately we touched. Luckily, we didn’t crash, but we went onto the gravel. After that I tried to push to recover and I lost the front and crashed, so it’s a bad end to a difficult weekend, especially since it’s in Mugello. But that’s the way it is. We will try to do better.”
The team returns to the track in two weeks for the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya.