Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales pushed hard in a dramatic final 2017 MotoGP race weekend at the Circuito de la Comunitat Valenciana – Ricardo Tormo. In today‘s perfect conditions, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales secured 5th and 12th place respectively.

5th | VALENTINO ROSSI
+13.817 / 30 LAPS

12th | MAVERICK VIÑALES
+35.012 / 30 LAPS

Grand Prix of Valencia
Valencia, Spain, 12th November 2017

MotoGP fans couldn‘t have asked for a more dramatic Gran Premio de la Comunitat Valenciana today and the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders were there to pick up the pieces. Valentino Rossi rode a very consistent race to secure fifth position. After a small crash in the morning warm up, Maverick Viñales needed some time to make strides. He took 12th place at the finish line.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders could pick up on the excitement in the air as the final race was about to get underway. Rossi had a strong start from seventh, holding his position on the first lap. He then got into a battle with Jack Miller and dropped back to eighth, but the nine-time World Championship cunningly bided his time before taking back seventh position on lap 7.

It looked to be a relatively calm race for the Doctor, but it was just the silence before the storm. With 18 laps to go, he overtook Andrea Iannone, but later had to let Alex Rins pass, just before drama struck. Multiple crashes and run-offs saw the order at the front reshuffled. Yet Rossi remained cool and benefitted from the chaos, settling into fifth place. Unable to make a dent in the gap to the rider in front of him, he held that same position crossing the finish line, 13.817s from the front.

Viñales had a good feeling in the morning, but struggled to complete the testing of some final set-up changes for his YZR-M1 in the warm up session, as he lost some time due to a small crash. In the race he was able to make a solid start from P13, climbing up a place in the first lap, but then had to put a hold on his charge.

The home hero briefly dropped to 15th, but kept fighting. He overtook Danilo Petrucci with 15 laps to go, boosting his confidence. Four laps later he clocked two personal best times in a row, dropping into the low 1‘32s. He soon overtook Bradley Smith and found himself moving up to tenth in the rankings, as various rivals crashed out of the race. He was keen on maintaining his position, but in the end took the chequered flag in 12th place, 35.012s from the front.


Maverick Viñales

“In the warm up I felt good, but maybe I pushed too much too early. I was feeling really good and that is really important. We‘re going to try to achieve that again in the test. The race was different, I had some strange feelings. I needed to slow down a lot. Anyway, I‘m happy that in the warm up we found a way. We know we can improve during the test and we‘re trying. We tried different set-ups and we‘re going to try and adjust.”

Valentino Rossi

” We wanted to do better, for sure, but it was the kind of race I was expecting. I knew we had to suffer because my pace during the weekend wasn‘t fantastic. We didn‘t have enough grip, so we struggled. Now we think the pre-season tests will be very important, because we have to reduce the gap, improve the setting and try to arrive ready for next season.”

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“It was a very challenging race day for us, here in Valencia, but I’m sure it was still exciting for the MotoGP fans. Valentino made the most of a difficult weekend and rode a mistake-free race today. Thanks to his efforts and the crashes and run-offs, he secured fifth place. It‘s a shame that he misses out on fourth place in the championship by just two points. Maverick‘s race today was slightly compromised by the incident in the warm up session this morning, which left him with very little time to prepare a set-up for the afternoon. However, his feeling was actually really good in the warm up. It’s a pity he had a completely different experience during the race. Today‘s final results are not so exciting, but the team did everything they could to push through a difficult weekend again, despite the challenges we faced, and this allowed us to secure second place in the Team and Constructor Championship and Maverick secured third place in his first year with Yamaha. However, we would have liked to end the season differently. We did everything we could, but we haven‘t been able to achieve what we wanted. The 2018 season already starts on Tuesday. This test will be important to evaluate some new items, but most important is leaving the circuit with a clear idea of the direction we have to take for next year‘s bike.”

Schedule & Standings

Today‘s results see Rossi finish the championship in fifth place with 208 points, two places behind Viñales. The young Spaniard earned 230 points on his first year aboard the YZR-M1, ending the season 68 points behind the leader. Yamaha reclaimed second place in the Constructor rankings, with a 36-point margin to the top. The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team are also second in the Team classification, 70 points from first.

The team may have wrapped up the 2017 season, but they will be back in action at the Ricardo Tormo circuit on Tuesday November 14th, for the two-day Valencia MotoGP Official Test.

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
View results
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
View results
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
View results
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
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Twin Ring Motegi Tochigi, Japan NC/5th
168 pts
9th/3rd
203 pts
2nd
371 pts
Oct 22 Grand Prix of Australia
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Phillip Island Circuit Phillip Island Victoria, Australia 2nd/5th
188 pts
3rd/3rd
219 pts
2nd
407 pts
Oct 29 Grand Prix of Malaysia
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Sepang International Circuit Selangor, Malaysia 7th/5th
197 pts
9th/3rd
226 pts
2nd
423 pts
Nov 12 Grand Prix of Valencia Ricardo Tormo Valencia Cheste, Spain 5th
12th  
2017 FINAL  SEASON  RESULT 5th
208 pts
3rd
230 pts
 2nd
438 pts

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