News 12 Jul 2018

Solved problems promote level of riding for Viñales

Assen podium offers 'extra motivation' ahead of German grand prix.

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Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales believes a number of solved problems have promoted his level of riding in the MotoGP World Championship, allowing him to fight for position up front as seen at Assen.

Viñales fought for victory in The Netherlands, ultimately rounding out the podium in third, which came as a result from increased comfort on his YZR-M1 that the Spanish ace says is reminiscent of his previous form aboard the machine.

“I think we are getting the bike ready and we’re starting to see everything in a very positive way, allowing us to end the first half of the season properly,” Viñales explained. “We have to fight to get as many points as possible to stay at the top of the championship.

“Fortunately, in Assen I felt very comfortable on the bike again and I had the same good feelings I’ve had in the past. We were able to solve the small problems we were having on the first laps of the race and that has put us at the level of the other riders on the grid.

“The podium was like a breath of fresh air and has given me extra motivation to keep at it with all my strength and give 100 percent, as always.”

Viñales holds down third in the championship standings ahead of the German grand prix this weekend, six points down on teammate Valentino Rossi.