MotoGP: Yamaha Seals Fifth and Seventh in San Marino Race

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi had to wrestle a little at the start of the Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini before the rider order settled. The teammates lost some time battling with competitors and were unable to mount the pressure at the end of the 27-lap race. They finished in fifth and seventh place respectively.

+16016 / 27 LAPS

+19.086 / 27 LAPS
Grand Prix of San Marino
Misano Adriatico, San Marino, Italy – 9th September 2018

Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi showed persistence at today’s Gran Premio Octo di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini. Though they lost valuable time at the start of the race at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, they kept their concentration and crossed the finish line in fifth and seventh place respectively.

After the first couple of corners, at the start of the 27-lap challenge, Viñales slotted into fifth place. He was under pressure from Álex Rins but defended his position skilfully on the opening lap. The Yamaha rider then briefly moved up to fourth place when Jack Miller crashed out, but soon fell back two places as the battle with Rins continued and also Cal Crutchlow got involved.

Viñales spent a large part of the race stalking Rins and Crutchlow who were battling for fourth place, but he wasn‘t able to join in on the fight. As the race went on, the gap between the riders expanded slowly. A late crash by Jorge Lorenzo saw the number-25 rider gain a place and finish in fifth position16.016s from first.

Rossi didn‘t have the best of starts to his home GP, kicking off the race from seventh place on the grid. He lost one position on the first lap, but it seemed his luck turned around as he went up a place in the order when Miller fell.
The local hero kept pushing to the fullest, motivated to please his fans, but was unable to keep Dani Pedrosa at bay. Though the Italian kept going, the remainder of the race was a lonely ride for him. After Lorenzo’s fall, the Doctor took the chequered flag in seventh place19.086s from the front.

Valentino Rossi
“It was a pity because I would have liked to have a good race here in Misano, in my home GP, in front of all my friends and fans. I expected to be faster in the race, because yesterday in FP4 we did a good session. But this morning we had more problems with the bike, and even this afternoon, despite the conditions being more or less the same as those of yesterday. The big problem is that at the moment we don’t understand why. We must be able to understand what happens to our bike in situations like this. I hope we can fix it very quickly, because I want to go back to doing good races.”

Maverick Viñales
“It was really difficult. After the start I was really happy, actually, in the second corner because I thought ‘Now I take the slipstream from the fast guys and I will keep it up until the end’, because I felt really strong in FP4 and I felt I could do it. But we had quite a big drop in feeling from the Saturday to the Sunday, so we have to check what happened on the bike better, but it’s still difficult. It’s been a year and a half that we have been suffering in the races and we still have to understand what the point is where we lose out. Aragon will also be difficult because it’s hot and slippery, but we have some ideas for improvement that we can try. One of them is braking areas, as today I suffered a lot with the front tyre, so let’s see.”

Massimo Meregalli

Team Director

“After yesterday‘s qualifying session and also FP4 we were expecting completely different results. Already during the warm up the bike was behaving differently and the only thing that changed compared to yesterday was the temperature. Today‘s race had the exact same conditions as yesterday, but both riders suffered from a lack of grip. They couldn’t stop the bike and get the right corner speed for the entire race duration. We have to understand what caused this problem that already happened several times before so we can improve and fight at the front again, where we belong.”
Schedule & Standings

Today’s results see Rossi drop to third position in the championship standings with a 70-point margin to first and a 3-point gap to second. Viñales remains in fifth place with 97-point gap to first and a 6-point gap to fourth. Yamahaholds third place in the Constructor Championship after the race in Misano, with a 62-point margin to first, while the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team hold third position in the team standings with a 22-point gap to first.

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team will be back in action in two weeks’ time at the MotorLand Aragón track for the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragón, held from September 21st – 23rd.


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

2018 Schedule
Date Race Venue Location Rossi Viñales Team
Mar 16 Grand Prix of Qatar Losail International Circuit Qatar  3rd
16 pts
10 pts 
26 pts
Apr 8 Grand Prix of Argentina
Autódromo Termas de Río Hondo Argentina   19th
16 pts
21 pts
37 pts
Apr 22 Grand Prix of the Americas
Circuit of the Americas Austin, TX  4th
29 pts
41 pts
70 pts
May 6 Grand Prix of Spain
Circuido de Jerez Jerez de la Frontera, Spain 5th
40 pts 
50 pts
90 pts
May 20 Grand Prix of France Circuit de ls Sarthe Le Mans, France 3rd
56 pts
59 pts
115 pts
Jun 3 Grand Prix of Italy
Autodromo del Mugello Mugello, Italy 3rd
72 pts
67 pts
139 pts
Jun 17 Grand Prix of Catalunya
Circuit de Catalunya Montmeló, Spain 3rd
88 pts
77 pts
165 pts
Jul 1 Grand Prix of the Netherlands
Circuit de ls Sarthe Assen, Netherlands 5th
99 pts
93 pts
192 pts
Jul 13 Grand Prix of Germany
Sachsenring Saxon, Germany 2nd
119 pts
109 pts
228 pts
Aug 5 Grand Prix of Czech Republic
Automodrom Brno Brno, Czech Republic 4th
132 pts
109 pts
241 pts
Aug 12 Grand Prix of Austria Red Bull Ring Spielberg, Austria 6th
142 pts
113 pts
255 pts
Aug 26 Grand Prix of Great Britain Cancelled, weather
Silverstone Circuit  Towcester, Great Britain n/a n/a n/a
Sep 9 Grand Prix of San Marino
Misano World Circuit Misano Adriatico, Italy 7th
151 pts
124 pts
275 pts
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    

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