On the heels of a strong test in Barcelona, Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are ready to put their disappointing Catalan Grand Prix results behind them as they look to reclaim their spots in the front of the pack in the Netherlands.
“After the test in Montmeló we arrive in Assen with high motivation,” Viñales said. “The test was very positive for us and confirmed the good feeling that I had at the last GP. I think we have achieved the best set-up of the season, as was also demonstrated in the Catalunya GP before the accident. I really want to get back on the M1 to confirm that the bike is working well and that we can be competitive. The championship is unfortunately already slipping away and it‘s practically impossible to win it, so we are going to concentrate on finishing the season by getting as many podiums as possible, with an eye on the future and the next season.”
Viñales has a pair of wins at the TT circuit, capturing victory in 2011 in 125cc and in Moto3 in 2012.
Rossi has eight premier class victories at “The Cathedral” of motorcycling, most recently coming out on top in 2017.
“After the unlucky race in Barcelona we are ready for the two consecutive GPs of Assen and Sachsenring,” Rossi said. “In Montmeló we did a good job in the garage, we worked well, and we were very fast. I felt good during the two laps in the race, so in the Netherlands this week we will work hard to get ready for the fight at the front again. The Catalunya test was positive, and I think the conclusions can help us have a good race weekend here. We will do our best.”