Racing just 20 minutes from his home, Valentino Rossi will be eyeing his fourth victory at the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, which also acts as Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s second home grand prix.
“Riding in front of my fans here is fantastic because this is really my home Grand Prix,” Rossi said. “My house is 10 kilometers from the Misano circuit. I grew up in Misano, and the first time I rode a bike was in Misano. We expect a lot of fans this weekend. A lot of people, a lot of yellow, so we try to give the maximum to be strong and competitive.”
Rossi won in San Marino in 2008, 2009 and 2014 and has stood on the podium six times overall.
Maverick Viñales also has his eyes set on podium following a strong Misano Test two weeks ago.
“We’ve had a two-week break again, but we have never stopped working during that time,” Viñales said. “We’ve been preparing in order to come to Misano in a good physical and mental shape. We are very happy with the positive results of the last races and we have to remain focused to finish the season in a good position in the general classification. Being the first Yamaha is my goal, as always. The test in Misano was useful because we tried many things, not only for next year but also for this current season. The San Marino GP is a kind of home GP for Yamaha and we will have many fans supporting us here, so I can’t wait to get back aboard my M1 and fight for the podium, spurred on by the amazing atmosphere.”