Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales retained their second and third place in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship rankings after finishing the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya in third and sixth position respectively.

3rd | VALENTINO ROSSI
+6.098 / 24 LAPS

6th | MAVERICK VIÑALES
+10.798 / 24 LAPS

Grand Prix of Catalunya
Montmeló, Spain, 17th June 2018

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi has taken his third consecutive third-place finish in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship at today’s Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya. Teammate Maverick Viñalesendured a tough start at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. He placed mid-pack after the start but made up positions in the second half of the race to take sixth place crossing the finish line.

Rossi had a good start from seventh on the grid and stormed to fifth going into Turn 1. One lap in, he passed Andrea Iannone and was in pursuit of the three-rider front group. He wasn’t quite able to match their pace at the early stages, but kept piling on the pressure, making sure he never lost touch.

With Andrea Dovizioso crashing out in lap 9, the Doctor moved up to third place. With a 3.5s gap to the leaders and over 2.5s to the rider behind him, the remaining 15 laps were a lonely ride for the Italian. He focused on maintaining the advantage and secured his third consecutive third-place finish, with a 6.098s margin to first.

Viñales had trouble getting away from fourth place on the starting grid and fell back to tenth position. He passed Bradley Smith on lap 4, and after Dovizioso crashed out the Spaniard soon overtook Iannone. He moved up to seventh and got into a battle with fellow Yamaha rider Johann Zarco. He had to let the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider through, but cleverly stayed on his tail.

The pair started to produce multiple personal best laps and together overtook Danilo Petrucci on lap 14. Viñaleswas up for the fight and fired in his first attack on Zarco with 10 laps to go, but was unsuccessful. Seven laps later he put in a second attempt and grabbed sixth place. He was on a good rhythm and threatening Dani Pedrosa in fifth, but came just short. He took the chequered flag in sixth position, 10.798s from the leader.

Valentino Rossi

“Yesterday, after the practice sessions, I saw that my rivals were a bit faster than I was. I was very close to the second group, but this morning we improved the settings with my team, together with Silvano, and then I had better turning and could go a bit faster. After that I wasn‘t far off, but unfortunately just not close enough. Later Dovi made a mistake and I arrived on the podium. I‘m happy because last year at this race track we struggled a lot – it was a disaster – while this year I was able to keep up the pace until the last lap, in a good way. These are also important points for the championship, because I’ve gained a small advantage to defend second place and we have to continue like this.”


Maverick Viñales

“I had a lot of trouble in the first laps, especially at the start, I seem to be the only Yamaha to have problems, I really don’t understand it. I need to have the possibility to start well and then, for sure, it’s going to be another race. When I’m alone on the track I can do the same rhythm as Jorge and Marc. We need to keep working, stay focused on our side, to be strong. It’s difficult right now, but we’ll keep pushing. I know that when the bike is good I’m there at the front, that’s why I’m calm.” 

Massimo Meregalli
Team Director
“Looking back at the struggles we faced last year, today’s third place by Valentino is a good result. He found a solution in the warm up and made the right tyre choice, even though we took a bit of a gamble as none of the front tyre specs were a perfect fit. He had a really good start and managed the gap to fourth place well. It’s a pity that Maverick was unable to finish higher than he did. This weekend he worked hard with his team in all practice sessions to have a good pace in the earlier laps, but unfortunately he got stuck mid-pack after a difficult start and couldn’t quite get into a fast rhythm until the second half of the race. We will continue to work hard tomorrow at the one-day test here in Montmeló. We’ll use today’s data to compare some new options.”

Schedule & Standings

Rossi‘s third place keeps him in second position in the championship standings with 88 points, 11 points ahead of teammate Viñales, who remains in third position. Yamaha moved down to third place in the Constructor Championship, with a 26-point margin to first, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team remain in first position in the team standings and now have a 10-point gap to the second team.

MotoGP will be back on the Montmeló track tomorrow for a one-day test. After that they will return to action for the Motul TT Assen round, held at the TT Circuit Assen from June 29th – July 1st.

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2018 Schedule

Date Race Venue Location Rossi Viñales Team
Mar 16 Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit Qatar  3rd
16 pts
6th
10 pts 
 2nd
26 pts
Apr 8 Grand Prix of Argentina
Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo Argentina   19th
16 pts
5th
21 pts
  3rd
37 pts
Apr 22 Grand Prix of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas Austin, TX  4th
29 pts
 2nd
41 pts
1st
70 pts
May 6 Grand Prix of Spain
Circuido de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 5th
40 pts 
7th
50 pts
 1st
90 pts
May 20 Grand Prix of France Circuit de ls Sarthe Le Mans, France 3rd
56 pts
7th
59 pts
2nd
115 pts
Jun 3 Grand Prix of Italy
Autodromo del Mugello Mugello, Italy 3rd
72 pts
8th
67 pts
1st
139 pts
Jun 17 Grand Prix of Catalunya
Circuit de Catalunya Montmeló, Spain 3rd
88 pts
6th
77 pts
1st
165 pts
Jul 1 Grand Prix of the Netherlands
Circuit de ls Sarthe Assen, Netherlands
Jul 13 Grand Prix of Germany
Sachsenring Saxon, Germany
Aug 5 Grand Prix of Czech Republic
Automodrom Brno Brno, Czech Republic
Aug 12 Grand Prix of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria
Aug 26 Grand Prix of Great Britain
Silverstone Circuit Towcester, Great Britain
Sep 9 Grand Prix of San Marino
Misano World Circuit Misano Adriatico, Italy
Sep 23 Grand Prix of Aragón
Motorland Aragón Alcañiz, Spain
Oct 7 Grand Prix of Thailand Chang International Circuit Isan, Thailand
Oct 21 Grand Prix of Japan
Twin Ring Motegi Tochigi, Japan
Oct 28 Grand Prix of Australia
Phillip Island Circuit Phillip Island Victoria, Australia
Nov 4 Grand Prix of Malaysia
Sepang International Circuit Selangor, Malaysia  
Nov 18 Grand Prix of Valencia
Ricardo Tormo Valencia Cheste, Spain    
2018 FINAL  SEASON  RESULT

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