Maverick Viñales snagged his sixth podium finish of the season at the Thailand Grand Prix with a third-place result, while teammate Valentino Rossi finished eighth.
Repson Honda rider Marc Marquez won at Buriram to capture the 2019 MotoGP World Championship, his eighth title.
Maverick Viñales: “I’m happy, I’m feeling positive, and I accept the third place, but it’s not enough. We have to work harder and make another step. I noticed a difference between myself, Fabio, and Marc, especially in traction areas. But I was still able to hit good lap times and close the gap at the end of the race. This means we have some strong points, but we have to improve the weak points. When you have no traction and a full tank, it’s very difficult to get the lap times. As soon as the fuel went down a bit, I could carry a lot of corner speed and make the lap times again. I had a much better feeling in today’s warm-up than I had during the race, so we need to understand this and improve for Japan.”
Valentino Rossi: “Unfortunately, I always have the same problem. After seven, eight, nine laps I started to suffer a lot with the rear tire. It looks like we have a lack of grip on the rear, yet at the same time we stress the rear tire more, so the rear tire then loses performance. Unfortunately, I had to slow down. This race was very similar for me to the previous one, which means there’s a problem, because this is not our true potential. It’s a shame because this morning in the warm-up we found more grip and I felt good, I was fast. My pace was not so bad, also with the used tire it was good. But for the race, on the same tire, but a new one, I had more problems. We need to improve and understand this, because we have four more races to go and we have to keep trying.”