Following up his victory at the TT Circuit Assen, Maverick Viñales held off a rival for half of the Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland to capture second place. Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP teammate Valentino Rossi ended the race in eighth.
With his second straight podium finish, Viñales jumps to fifth in the rider standings, one spot ahead of Rossi.
MotoGP will now take a three-week summer break before the second half of the season starts at the Automotodrom Brno from August 2-4.
Maverick Viñales: “We discovered quite early this weekend that second place might be the best we could do here, so with that in mind we achieved the objective. For us it’s really good, second is my best result here. I started well, I did a good first few laps. This result means a lot, it prepares me for Brno. I’m really happy, we understand the way to go. Yamaha is working in a good way, and I know our strong and weak points. It’s good that we have a summer break to improve the bike and improve myself. The tire choice was very difficult, I took a gamble with the hard because I worked most of the time with this tire. It was on the limit if I could or could not finish the race, and I said to myself, ‘If I need to slow down in the last ten laps, I will, but I will be at the front.’ I’m very pleased for Yamaha, it’s very important to get a consecutive first and second place. I saw Cal on my pit board the whole time and for about fifteen laps I closed every door. I worked very hard on making sure he couldn’t overtake me, because I knew if he did, he would go. Luckily I was second, so I’m very pleased and happy. I can’t wait for Brno to try out the new things and see if we take a step.”
Valentino Rossi: “I’m not satisfied because it was a difficult race, I suffered a lot. First of all, we used the medium rear tire because Michelin said to us that it would be impossible to race with the hard, but I had a lot of sliding and not enough grip, so this was the first problem. The bigger problem was that in Assen in the race I felt strong, so here we tried to confirm it, but in reality I wasn’t very fast, I didn’t feel good with the bike. This is a difficult moment, because the last time when we were here, at this part of the championship, I was very competitive. From Le Mans to Sachsenring I did some good races. This year it’s been a lot more difficult, so we need to get a better understanding, because I don’t have a great feeling with the bike and I’m not as fast as we want.”