Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s duo of Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales took sixth- and 10th-place finishes in the Grand Prix of the Czech Republic.
The race was delayed and shortened by one lap after rainfall drenched part of the track.
“Starting the race at 2 p.m. would have been very dangerous, especially with the first sector being full wet, because everybody would have used the slicks and then arrive at the first corner all together,” Rossi said. “For me that is one of the most dangerous things you can do. So, I asked if it’s possible to delay, and I think that was the right choice because in the end we had a real race that was completely dry.
“For sure, we’re not happy about a sixth place, but I was able to ride my bike in a better way and in the end it wasn’t too bad. The guys that arrived in front were faster than I was, but it was better than the last races, so this is quite positive. We have some things we want to try tomorrow. We have a new engine specification and also some other things, so as always it will be an important test and we will see.”
“I started on the damp part of the track and for sure that was a small disadvantage, but Álex started in front of me, on the same side of the grid, and he was OK,” Viñales said. “I think we lost a lot of grip compared to the morning, which is something we often struggle with, with our bike, so it’s something we have to improve. Tomorrow, during the test, I don’t want to start thinking about 2020 already, it’s too far ahead. I want to be in front in Austria, so this will be an important test to improve the bike for next weekend.”
The team is set for a one-day test at the Automotodrom Brno on Monday before heading to Austria’s Red Bull Ring for the next race on Aug. 11.