Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales defended valiantly at MotorLand Aragón but wasn’t able to hold off late challenges from his rivals as the No. 12 rider finished fourth. Teammate Valentino Rossi struggled with tire degradation, resulting in an eighth-place finish.
Maverick Viñales: “I knew second place was possible today, so I pushed and pushed and pushed, but finally, in the last two laps, the tire was very much on the limit. I tried my best. I nearly crashed two or three times because of the rear and thought, ‘OK, today I have to be fourth, that’s the maximum.’ I’m actually happy that I was very strong in the middle of the race. At the end I didn’t have enough grip on the tires to keep going, but I’m once again the first Yamaha, which is important to us. I tried to close the door everywhere to Dovi, but in the end it was impossible, on the straight I stood no chance.”
Valentino Rossi: “I knew yesterday it would be difficult to fight for the podium because three or four guys were faster than me, but today was worse because after some laps I had to slow down. I didn’t have grip and I had some kind of problem with the tires, it happened a little like it did in Silverstone. To me, it’s not a problem of the tires, it’s our problem. We always struggle with the grip on the rear, and because of this lack of grip we also damage the tire more, so in the end it was a very difficult race. It looks like everybody on the hard rear tire had some problems, also the other Yamahas, but more towards the end. I started having problems earlier on. But I don’t know if we could have done better on the soft, because during the practice the soft wasn’t very good for our bike.”