Valentino Rossi climbed from 10th on the grid to fourth at the Red Bull Ring, holding off Monster Energy Yamaha teammate Maverick Viñales, who recovered for a fifth-place finish, at the Grand Prix of Austria.
Rossi jumped ahead of Viñales in the rider standings and now sits fifth after 11 races.
Valentino Rossi: “Fourth place is a good result after a quite good weekend. On paper we should have suffered more in Spielberg, but already on Friday morning we were more competitive here than we were in the past. The race was good because at the beginning I was able to recover some positions, coming from tenth on the grid. Unfortunately, the guys in front of me were a bit faster. Anyway, fourth place is good. Maverick and Rins were also recovering momentum, but I was able to stay in front of them, so it was a good race.”
Maverick Viñales: “I made a good start, but in Turn 3 I got in a scrap with Jack Miller and we ran a bit wide and that opened the door for many riders. We used a completely different set-up compared to other races, trying to reduce wheelspin, but it worked out differently than we thought because the track had changed so much compared to yesterday. I don’t think it was the best set-up, but we chose it thinking we could maybe solve some problems. The consumption of the tire was very high, so I destroyed the tire very quickly. Anyway, I’m pleased with fifth position, because we improved a lot compared to last year and we will keep working and trying to find a way to go faster. This weekend was just a trial run. In Silverstone I don’t want to pay too much attention to what happened in Brno and Austria. It’s a track I really like, and I will go for it 100 percent.”
The team will be back in action for the British Grand Prix on Aug. 25.