Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales put in a brilliant performance at the TT Circuit Assen to capture Yamaha’s first victory since last season.
“It feels like I’m dreaming,” Viñales said. “These have been difficult times for me, because I’ve been out of the three tracks where I thought I had the most potential with the bike. My season has been difficult, but I’ve tried to keep the momentum from Catalunya, because I felt really good on the bike. I’m so grateful to the team, because they did a great job this weekend and prepared well for the last laps of the race. I was strong, even one-to-one on the brakes, I knew I could make the overtakes.
“It was very important to relieve some of the pressure by taking a victory. I think the team will be more relaxed now. Being back on the top step of the podium again feels really good and bringing Yamaha back to its winning ways is the most important to me. We knew we had the potential but hadn’t been able to show it. It’s always a combination between the team’s, the rider’s, and the bike’s efforts.”
Viñales’ teammate Valentino Rossi suffered a crash on Lap 5, ending his challenge.