Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales returned to form in today‘s race at the Phillip Island circuit. The teammates made their YZR-M1s as wide as they could in a thrilling fight at the front and secured second and third place respectively in the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, earning the team a superb double podium.

2nd | VALENTINO ROSSI
+1.799 / 27 LAPS

3rd | MAVERICK VIÑALES
+1.826 / 27 LAPS

Grand Prix of Australia
Phillip Island, Australia, 22nd October 2017

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales were front-runners in a fierce Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Phillip Island circuit. With seven riders fighting aggressively for a place on the podium, the teammates had to give their all to put their YZR-M1s inside the top-3. They did just that and secured second and third place respectively and delivered the team its fourth double podium of the season.

Rossi had a strong start from seventh on the grid and soon found himself in fifth position after the first few corners. He continued to push hard on lap 1, crossing the line in fourth place, right behind his teammate. An early battle with Johann Zarco saw him move back to fifth, but he was soon riding in third place, with 25 laps to go, when Marc Marquez and Zarco went wide. Passing Viñales, the Doctor looked to be on a roll when he overtook Jack Miller for the lead two laps later, but chaos was about to ensue.

Zarco and Marquez made a comeback as Rossi went wide in turn 4, with 18 laps remaining, and Miller did the same shortly after. The Italian didn‘t hesitate to fight his way back to the lead again, but he was unable to break away as the battle at the front continued.

The Doctor was riding in second place when, with eight laps to go, a touch of Marquez‘ front wheel pushed him back to fourth. Yet, a manic four-lap dash at the end of the race saw the nine-time World Champion retaliate. He set consistent personal best times in sectors one and two to start the last lap in second place. With a two-second gap to Marquez, he focussed on holding off Zarco and Viñales and took the chequered flag in second position, 1.799s from first. This result earned Rossi his 17th podium finish at the Phillip Island track.

Viñales had a good start and immediately looked threatening behind frontmen Miller and Marquez. After two laps his tyres were warm and he was ready to make a move. As he overtook Marquez, he took Rossi with him. His teammate passed him with 23 laps remaining as they continued their chase after the leader, but the Spaniard wasn‘t to be shaken off easily.

When Rossi overtook Miller, Viñales launched himself past both. He was leading the race, but it wasn‘t to last in today‘s frantic MotoGP battle. He soon had to deal with Marquez, Zarco and Miller again and the Spaniard found himself in fifth place, with 15 laps to go, behind his teammate.

Seeing Rossi carve through the field, Viñales cautiously picked up places, but it remained a push-and-pull fight at the front. He had his head down, but soon had to start all over again as fighting with Zarco and Andrea Iannone pushed him wide and made him fall back to seventh place. He climbed back up the rankings, picking off Miller and Cal Crutchlow with five laps to go, and used his saved-up tyre life to perfection in the last laps to breeze past Iannone and overtake Zarco over the line for third place, pipping him by 0.016s, to take third place, 1.826s from first.


Maverick Viñales

“I had planned on attacking with five laps to go. On the previous lap, I had already overtaken Johann and tried to overtake Valentino at the last part of the straight, but I went wide. I had a moment with Johann on the outside and then went towards Andrea. I lost my race there, but in the end I recovered really well. I started to overtake the other riders fast and, honestly, I was quite far back from where I needed to be in the last corner, but the bike accelerated really well and I even thought I could pass Valentino. In the end he was a bit too far ahead, but I‘m still really happy. The team was working really well and especially this morning in the rain I felt great and that‘s a good starting point for Malaysia. There are a lot of positives to take from this weekend, especially on the soft tyre. The championship challenge is gone, this is not good news, but we already knew all season it was going to be difficult, especially during the second part. We have to try to be strong, as always, and try to be on the podium again in Malaysia. I want to recover some points to Andrea, which is important. We‘re going to try to make the bike work and try to have one of our strongest weekends.”

Valentino Rossi

“I enjoyed the race very much. This track is unbelievable and it was a great race! All the riders in front were very aggressive, so you need to be more ‘stupid’, more aggressive, than they are. It was a great battle with Zarco, Iannone, Marquez and Viñales. I wanted to try the maximum to be on the podium. In the end I’m in second place and I’m very happy. I want to say thanks to all my team, they always work very hard, and thanks to all of Yamaha.”

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“It was a fantastic race! The adrenaline levels were very high throughout all the 27 laps. Since Valentino and Maverick decided to use two different tyre options, I wasn’t able to relax, as I was unsure which was the right one, but in the end both choices seemed to work out well as both riders finished on the rostrum. This double podium result is very important for the team, especially after the challenging race in Motegi, and gives us a boost for Malaysia. This morning we made a good step in the wet and this improvement is another positive point that we take away from this Grand Prix. I want to thank the riders, team members and engineers for their hard work. We aim to continue this momentum in Malaysia as we still fight for the Team and Constructor titles. “

Schedule & Standings

Today’s race results see Viñales hold third place in the championship with a 50-point gap to the leader, while Rossi regained fourth place in the standings, 81 points from the front. Yamaha moved up to second place in the Constructor classification, 34 points from first, and Movistar Yamaha MotoGP are in second place in the Team title challenge, with 36 points to the top of the rankings.

The team will soon head north again to take part in next week‘s Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix at the Sepang International Circuit.

Valentino Rossi - Maverick Viñales | Yamaha MotoGP | Grand Prix of France 21st May 2017

Date Race Venue Location Rossi Viñales Team
Mar 26 Grand Prix of Qatar
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Losail International Circuit Qatar 3rd
16 pts
1st
25 pts
1st
41 pts
Apr 9 Grand Prix of Argentina
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Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo Argentina 2nd
36 pts
1st
50 pts
1st
86 pts
Apr 23 Grand Prix of the Americas
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Circuit of the Americas Austin, TX 2nd
56 pts
NC
50 pts
1st
106 pts
May 7 Grand Prix of Spain
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Circuido de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 10th
62 pts
6th
60 pts
1st
122 pts
May 21 Grand Prix of France
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Circuit de ls Sarthe Le Mans, France NC
62 pts
1st
85 pts
1st
147 pts
Jun 4 Grand Prix of Italy
View results
Autodromo del Mugello Mugello, Italy 4th
75 pts
1st
105 pts
1st
180 pts
Jun 11 Grand Prix of Catalunya
View results
Circuit de Catalunya Montmeló, Spain 8th
83 pts
10th
111 pts
1st
194 pts
Jun 25 Grand Prix of the Netherlands
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Circuit de ls Sarthe Assen, Netherlands 1st
108 pts
NC
111 pts
1st
219 pts
Jul 2 Grand Prix of Germany
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Sachsenring Saxon, Germany 5th
119 pts
4th
124 pts
1st
243 pts
Aug 6 Grand Prix of Czech Republic
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Automodrom Brno Brno, Czech Republic 4th
132 pts
3rd
140 pts
2nd
272 pts
Aug 13 Grand Prix of Austria
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Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria 6th
141 pts
7th
150 pts
2nd
291 pts
Aug 27 Grand Prix of Great Britain
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Silverstone Circuit Towcester, Great Britain 3rd
157 pts
2nd
170 pts
1st
327 pts
Sep 10 Grand Prix of San Marino
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Misano World Circuit Misano Adriatico, Italy NC
157 pts
4th
183 pts
2nd
340 pts
Sep 24 Grand Prix of Aragón
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Motorland Aragón Alcañiz, Spain 4th
168 pts
5th
196 pts
2nd
364 pts
Oct 15 Grand Prix of Japan Twin Ring Motegi Tochigi, Japan NC/5th
168 pts
9th/3rd
203 pts
2nd
371 pts
Oct 22 Grand Prix of Australia Phillip Island Circuit Phillip Island Victoria, Australia 2nd
188 pts
3rd
219 pts
2nd
407 pts
Oct 29 Grand Prix of Malaysia Sepang International Circuit Selangor, Malaysia
Nov 12 Grand Prix of Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia Cheste, Spain

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