The two Yamaha riders couldn't arrive in a more different mood at Barcelona. Valentino Rossi is still feeling disappointed about the crash on the second lap at Misano, where Maverick Vinales savoured the sweet taste of victory.
For both of them, the Spanish weekend will be important, because the Doctor has to pick himself up after the setback while Maverick has to take advantage of being only one point behind Dovizioso in the standings. On paper, moreover, the Montmelò circuit should enhance some of the characteristics of the M1.
“We now move on to Barcelona. This is a track that I really like, but it‘s different from Misano” said Valentino. “The asphalt and conditions will be different, but I think we can have a good race weekend there. It‘s important to take some points. I‘m not so far from the top of the standings, and the championship is still open. This season has been crazy and there are still many races to come, so we will try our best.”
Vinales on the other hand aims to reconfirm the good work done by the team in recent weeks and seems to be on the crest of a wave for his home round.
“The hard work in Misano paid off and that felt really amazing,” he declared. “We have enjoyed that winning feeling a lot the last few days, and it makes us very excited for the next round. Montmeló is my home race, and I love racing here. I did great races here in the past. Last year, we didn‘t get to show our full potential, which was a shame, but we will try our hardest to get on the podium this time. We are working in the right way, and I think we can improve even further, so we need to give our maximum and make it another good race weekend, especially because the championship is very close. I‘m now joint second in the standings and just one point from the lead. We have to make the most of this opportunity!”