In the heavy rains at Motegi some riders shone, others ran aground. The latter category includes Maverick Viñales, who took a ninth place in Japan that almost definitively cancels out his hopes for the world title. “I expected things to go a bit worse – Maverick begins – since this morning I battled to stay in the top fifteen. In the race I tried to push from the start, only risking what was necessary and doing my best. We took the most we could and we need to look forward.”
Namely, to Australia, where first of all the Spaniard hopes to see the sun, a fundamental element to ensure that number 35 can get back into the positions that count and the ones he deserves.
“We will definitely have different circumstances. We will have a different bike and different tyres. We cannot make any great predictions on what we can expect. I only know that Phillip Island is a track that I like a lot where I have fun riding, so I can’t wait to get back on the bike.”
As for the championship title, Maverick avoids being dramatic, although he is well aware of his difficult situation.
“As long as the points are still up for grabs, it is impossible to say with certainty whether or not there is a chance at the title.”