If we want to be ironic about it, we could safely say that it won’t be that difficult for Yamaha this weekend in Valencia to improve last year’s results. Everything has happened in the European GP: Valentino – thanks to Covid-19 – was only able to get on his Yamaha on Saturday and, on Sunday, his M1 stopped due to a technical problem. Vinales, on the other hand, after starting from the pit lane because he replaced his 6th engine, spent the whole race behind everyone.
There’s a great desire to recoup, and never has a second opportunity been so welcome. Also because the sun should be shining this time, and they’ll have time to fix the Yamaha’s problems.
That’s what Rossi’s hoping for.
“Compared to last week, I can face this GP much calmer,” the Doctor said. “This time, I know I’ll be able to race, so that takes some stress off of me and the team. Now we can focus on improving last weekend’s work. It was a shame that we couldn’t finish that race, but we have another chance this Sunday. We know it won’t be easy. We struggled to find grip last week, so we’ll focus on that.”
Maverick Vinales: "Now I have nothing more to lose"
Maverick Vinales also has to take a decisive step forward.
“The last race weekend was not our weekend,” he bluntly admitted. “It’s hard to fight for the championship now, so I don’t want to focus too much on that. Instead, we’ll work to improve the bike, and I’ll try to enjoy this second chance to have a good race in Valencia. I have nothing to lose, so I’ll do my best to get the best result possible.”