Yamaha look to Jerez MotoGP

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi journeyed back to Europe to continue the 2018 MotoGP World Championship fight this weekend at the Gran Premio de España, held at the Circuito de Jerez.

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales

Massimo Meregalli – Yamaha MotoGP Team Director

“Coming back to Europe after the first three overseas races is always nice, because we get the full team together for the first time this season, which adds to the atmosphere at the Grand Prix of Spain. Racing in Jerez is always special, thanks to the thousands of fans that support our team. Our riders both really enjoy the Jerez track and are in a great shape, so we’re looking forward to a competitive weekend. It will be interesting to see how the resurfacing of the track will affect us. Last year we struggled, but we made some big steps with our YZR-M1 in the recent weeks and we are optimistic that we can confirm our findings this weekend and fight at the front of the pack. It will be a busy few days, especially with the Official IRTA Jerez Test right after the GP weekend, but we are looking forward to getting as much work done as possible.”

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Maverick Vinales with Valentino Rossi right up his tail at COTA – Image by AJRN

Viñales is particularly eager to get the show going in Jerez, so he can meet the Spanish fans at his first home Grand Prix of the season. After a strong­ second place in America a fortnight ago, he moved up to third place in the championship rankings, only five points from the top. With the support of the local fans he hopes to bridge the margin and fight for the lead in the standings.

Maverick Vinales leads Rossi and Dovizioso in Argentina - Image by AJRN
Maverick Vinales leads Rossi and Dovizioso in Argentina – Image by AJRN

Last year, the young gun equaled his sixth-place best MotoGP finish in Jerez, which he had previously scored in 2016. This year nothing but a podium place will please him, as he‘s determined to revisit the Andalusian podium for the first time since his Moto3 win in 2013.

Maverick Vinales
Maverick Vinales leads Rossi and Zarco in Argentina

Maverick Vinales

“After the podium in Austin I can say that I‘m happy overall, our mind changed a lot during the last races. Now we are focused on the next race in Jerez, we are very motivated and positive, and this is good to recover again the feeling that we had last year at the beginning of the season. Last year Jerez was a difficult race for me. I suffered a lot because we had some issues with the front tyre, but now we have more information to be even stronger than in the last weeks, so we will work hard during this GP to be on the podium again. The new asphalt of the circuit has grip, so I‘m quite positive. I can‘t wait to be at the Circuito de Jerez; one of my home GPs in Spain, and a track that I really like – I enjoy riding there. We will go for the win and we‘ll push for it. The support of the fans will help me to do the rest.”

Maverick Vinales - Image by AJRN
Maverick Vinales – Image by AJRN

Rossi is also looking forward to the first European Grand Prix of the year. Having made a positive step with the YZR-M1 in the previous weeks, he is excited to confirm his findings in Jerez and challenge for a place on the rostrum.

Valentino Rossi - Image by AJRN
Valentino Rossi – Image by AJRN

The Doctor arrives in Spain holding seventh place in the championship standings and he‘s determined to put up a fight. He hopes to add another top finish to his list of successes achieved in Jerez. He has claimed seven premier class wins at this circuit (in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2016), secured two second places (in 2008 and 2014), and achieved two third places (in 2010 and 2015) in the premier class alone.

Valentino Rossi
Valentino Rossi


Valentino Rossi

“I’m happy to come back to Europe. The first races of the season didn‘t go very well but we tried something positive. Our M1 is improving and now we arrive at Jerez, a very important track to understand our potential. Last year we struggled a lot, but this year I think we can be better. Jerez is a circuit that I like very much, I have had some good races here and I would be happy to be back on the podium. Together, me and my team, we’ll work hard to find the best set-up and understand the behaviour of the bike with the new asphalt. On Monday we will also have a very important test. We want to improve and fight for this championship.”

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Valentino Rossi – Image by AJRN

Gran Premio Red Bull de Espana
Jerez MotoGP 2018 Schedule – AEST

  • Friday
    • Moto3 FP1 – 17:00
    • MotoGP FP2 – 17:55
    • Moto2 FP1 – 18:55
    • Moto3 FP2 – 21:10
    • MotoGP FP2 – 22:05
    • Moto2 FP2 – 23:05
  • Saturday
    • Moto3 FP3 – 17:00
    • MotoGP FP3 – 17:55
    • Moto2 FP3 – 18:55
    • Moto3 QP – 20:35
    • MotoGP FP4 – 21:30
    • MotoGP Q1 – 22:10
    • MotoGP Q2 – 22:35
    • Moto2 QP – 23:05
  • Sunday
    • Moto3 WUP – 16:40
    • Moto2 WUP – 17:10
    • MotoGP WUP – 17:40
    • Moto3 Race – 19:00
    • Moto2 Race – 20:20
    • MotoGP Race – 22:00

MotoGP Championship Standings following COTA

  1. Andrea DOVIZIOSO – ITA 46
  2. Marc MARQUEZ – SPA 45
  3. Maverick VIÑALES – SPA 41
  4. Cal CRUTCHLOW – GBR 38
  5. Johann ZARCO – FRA 38
  6. Andrea IANNONE – ITA 31
  7. Valentino ROSSI – ITA 29
  8. Jack MILLER – AUS 26
  9. Tito RABAT – SPA 22
  10. Danilo PETRUCCI – ITA 21
  11. Dani PEDROSA – SPA 18
  12. Alex RINS – SPA 16
  13. Hafizh SYAHRIN – MAL 9
  14. Pol ESPARGARO – SPA 8
  15. Aleix ESPARGARO – SPA 6
  16. Jorge LORENZO – SPA 6
  17. Franco MORBIDELLI – ITA 6
  18. Takaaki NAKAGAMI – JPN 5
  19. Scott REDDING – GBR 4
  20. Alvaro BAUTISTA – SPA 4
  21. Karel ABRAHAM – CZE 1


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