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.
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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.
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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.
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
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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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|Apr 8||Grand Prix of Argentina
||Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo||Argentina|| 19th
|Apr 22||Grand Prix of the Americas
||Circuit of the Americas||Austin, TX|| 4th
|May 6||Grand Prix of Spain
||Circuido de Jerez||Jerez de la Frontera, Spain||5th
|May 20||Grand Prix of France||Circuit de ls Sarthe||Le Mans, France||3rd
|Jun 3||Grand Prix of Italy
||Autodromo del Mugello||Mugello, Italy||3rd
|Jun 17||Grand Prix of Catalunya
||Circuit de Catalunya||Montmeló, Spain||3rd
|Jul 1||Grand Prix of the Netherlands
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|Jul 13||Grand Prix of Germany
|Aug 5||Grand Prix of Czech Republic
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|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
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|Nov 4||Grand Prix of Malaysia
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|Nov 18||Grand Prix of Valencia
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