Vinales Fiercely Fights Off Rivals for Fourth in Misano

Courtesy of Movistar Yamaha MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales was put under pressure at the Tribul Mastercard GP S.Marino e Riviera di Rimini in extremely wet conditions, but remained unshaken, taking 13 championship points for a solid fourth place.


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GRAND PRIX OF SAN MARINO
Misano Adriatico, San Marino – 10th September 2017
RACE
14:00 LOCAL TIME GMT+2 AIR 18°C / TRACK 19°C RAINY / HUMIDITY 97%
Rider
4th
MAVERICK VIÑALES
+16.559 / 28 LAPS
Misano Adriatico (Italy), 10th September 2017
Under today‘s gloomy skies, at a soaked Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, the air was filled with tension as Maverick Viñales made his appearance on the starting grid for the Tribul Mastercard GP S.Marino e Riviera di Rimini. However, the sole Movistar Yamaha MotoGP rider remained calm and collected, securing fourth place in a very slippery race.

With his teammate Valentino Rossi unable to compete in his home Grand Prix due to injury, Viñales had to fly the Movistar Yamaha flag alone, and all eyes were on him as he started from pole. After a good launch off the line, he entered the first corner with caution, slotting into fourth place. He took a couple of laps to get heat into his tyres, after a small wobble on lap 2 gave him a warning of just how tricky the wet track conditions were. Danilo Petrucci passed the Yamaha rider at the start of lap 3, but the Spaniard had a plan.

 

Viñales gradually upped his pace in each sector, trying to determine the limit whilst having to contend with a lack of rear grip in most of the left corners. He set consecutive personal best laps, but he had to keep an eye on his pursuers at the same time. He got into a fight with Cal Crutchlow and Jack Miller, which lost him some valuable time, but the battle was short-lived.

 

Crutchlow was soon caught out by the treacherous conditions of the race, allowing the number 25 rider to seize the opportunity. Back in fourth position on lap 7, as Jorge Lorenzo crashed out of the lead, the 22-year-old could pick up where he left off and started to better his rhythm again. He steadily broke away from Michele Pirro and Miller, opening an over 2-second gap. Viñales had a lonely ride in the final stages of the race, though he didn‘t stop pushing for even a second. He ultimately took the chequered flag in fourth place, 16.559s from first.

Today‘s results keep Viñales in third place in the championship standings, 16 points behind the joint leaders and 26 points ahead of Rossi, who holds on to fourth place in the standings. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is in second place in the Team Championship, with a nine-point margin to first. Yamaha is also in second place in the Constructor Championship with a five-point gap to the top of the rankings.

The MotoGP paddock will next head to the MotorLand Aragón for round 14, the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, held from September 22nd – 24th.


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MASSIMO MEREGALLI
MASSIMO MEREGALLI
TEAM DIRECTOR
Today‘s race was really difficult. We only had this morning‘s 20-minute warm up to prepare a wet set-up and it was clear that the track conditions were going to be very tricky. Maverick stuck to his original plan of riding at his own pace and he did a good job holding off his rivals, which is especially challenging when the track conditions are changing throughout the race. Moreover, Maverick had to manage his race pace whilst suffering from a lack of rear grip in most of the left corners. Nevertheless, he didn‘t get lured into making mistakes and secured some very valuable points for the championship. We now look forward to the next Grand Prix in Aragón, in two weeks‘ time, which is a very special event for the team, as we share the title sponsor.
MAVERICK VIÑALES
MAVERICK VIÑALES
I’m happy with the result, because it is the best we could do. Honestly, today we asked 100% of the bike. I tried to get the best result and today that was fourth. We have to continue to work in the same way, because today was a good improvement compared to the wet race at the Sachsenring, especially the handling of the bike. We still need a lot of grip on the traction, so we have to keep going. I’ll have to push in Aragón and believe we can close the 16-point gap to our rivals. On the dry we were really fast, I’m happy we made another step here in Misano. I hope we can do the same in Aragón.
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RACE RESULTS
10/09/2017
1. M. MARQUEZ REPSOL HONDA TEAM 50’41.565
2. D. PETRUCCI OCTO PRAMAC RACING + 1.192
3. A. DOVIZIOSO DUCATI TEAM + 11.706
4. M. VIÑALES MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP + 16.559
5. M. PIRRO DUCATI TEAM + 19.499
6. J. MILLER TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS + 24.882
7. S. REDDING OCTO PRAMAC RACING + 33.872
8. A. RINS TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR + 34.662
9. J. FOLGER MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 54.082
10. B. SMITH RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING + 57.964
11. P. ESPARGARÒ RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING + 1’00.440
12. A. BAUTISTA PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM + 1’17.356
13. C. CRUTCHLOW LCR HONDA + 1’35.588
14. D. PEDROSA REPSOL HONDA TEAM + 1’38.857
15. J. ZARCO MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3 + 2’02.212
16. L. BAZ REALE AVINTIA RACING After 1 laps
17. K. ABRAHAM PULL&BEAR ASPAR TEAM After 1 laps
18. T. RABAT TEAM EG 0,0 MARC VDS N.C. (9 laps)
19. A. IANNONE TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR N.C. (12 laps)
20. S. LOWES APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI N.C. (13 laps)
21. A. ESPARGARÒ APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI N.C. (15 laps)
22. H. BARBERA REALE AVINTIA RACING N.C. (17 laps)
23. J. LORENZO DUCATI TEAM N.C. (22 laps)
WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP CLASSIFICATION
RIDER
1. Marc Marquez (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 199
2. Andrea Dovizioso (ITA) Ducati Team 199
3. Maverick Viñales (SPA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 183
4. Valentino Rossi (ITA) Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 157
5. Dani Pedrosa (SPA) Repsol Honda Team 150
6. Johann Zarco (FRA) Monster Yamaha Tech3 110
7. Danilo Petrucci (ITA) Octo Pramac Racing 95
8. Cal Crutchlow (GBR) LCR Honda 92
9. Jorge Lorenzo (SPA) Ducati Team 90
10. Jonas Folger (GER) Monster Yamaha Tech3 84
11. Alvaro Bautista (SPA) Pull&Bear Aspar Team 62
12. Scott Redding (GBR) Octo Pramac Racing 54
13. Jack Miller (AUS) Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 53
14. Aleix Espargarò (SPA) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 43
15. Loris Baz (FRA) Reale Avintia Racing 39
16. Andrea Iannone (ITA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 33
17. Pol Espargarò (SPA) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 31
18. Karel Abraham (CZE) Pull&Bear Aspar Team 28
19. Alex Rins (SPA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 27
20. Tito Rabat (SPA) Team EG 0,0 Marc VDS 27
21. Hector Barbera (SPA) Reale Avintia Racing 23
22. Michele Pirro (ITA) Ducati Team 18
23. Bradley Smith (GBR) Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 14
24. Sam Lowes (GBR) Aprilia Racing Team Gresini 2
25. Sylvain Guintoli (FRA) Team Suzuki Ecstar 1

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