Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales, who sit fifth and eighth in the rider standings respectively, are set for the seventh round of the MotoGP calendar, the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya.
“After the complicated weekend in Mugello we head to Barcelona, a track that I really like,” said Rossi, who tallied an unbelievable 13-year podium streak in Barcelona from 1997 to 2009 and has won seven times at the track in the premier class, most recently in 2016.
“Surely it will be another challenging weekend in Spain, because we were not very competitive last time around, and we need to work hard,” Rossi added. “But we will try to do our best to fix the problems and to achieve the best possible result.”
Viñales scored four podiums in a row at the Montmeló track in the lower classes and will be looking to get back on the rostrum in what is a special Grand Prix for the Spaniard.
“I can’t wait to be at my home GP,” Viñales said. “Montmeló is a very special track for me, it’s a circuit that I really like and enjoy. There I can feel all the support of my fans, it has an amazing atmosphere. I hope that I can respond with a good result, and why not with a podium? That’s always our goal.
“Mugello was a very difficult race because it was very physically demanding. We have to keep working hard to be able to find the sweet spot of the bike, so we’ll be able to continue fighting to be towards the top of the standings. So let’s keep focused, and we’ll show the best side of us for our fans.”