Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP is set for back-to-back-to-back flyaway races in Japan, Australia and Malaysia over the next three weekends as the season winds down for Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales.
First up in this challenging stretch is the Grand Prix of Japan at the Twin Ring Motegi track, where Yamaha’s riders will be aiming for strong results in the manufacturer’s home grand prix.
Two weeks ago in Thailand, Viñales scored his sixth podium finish of the season with a third-place result. The 24-year-old will be looking to make it back-to-back rostrum results when he takes on the Twin Ring Motegi, where he has reached the podium four times in his career, as he attempts to take over third place in the rider standings.
Rossi, eyeing his first podium since the Grand Prix of the Americas, has tallied two wins, seven runner-up finishes and two third-place results at the circuit that was first visited by MotoGP two decades ago.
Maverick Viñales: “I actually like Motegi a lot as a track. I always like pushing there, so I expect that we will be good this weekend because it‘s a track where I‘m usually fast. Last year it was a difficult race, but back then we were at a point where I didn’t feel good with the bike. At the moment I feel incredible with the bike and can push so much for good lap times. We will see, but in any case, I will be pushing.”
Valentino Rossi: “During these upcoming three consecutive races we will try to solve some of our problems with the bike. Obviously, we are not happy about the latest results and in Motegi we will try other solutions, something different. Motegi is a track that I like, and I will try to do a good race.”