News 9 Aug 2018

Viñales ‘sincerely hopes’ for improved result at Red Bull Ring

Spaniard back to health following shoulder soreness in Brno crash.

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Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales says he sincerely hopes for an improved result this weekend at the Red Bull Ring’s 11th round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Viñales crashed out of last weekend’s Czech grand prix, resulting in shoulder soreness that subsequently ruled him out of Monday’s official test at the venue.

Declaring he’s back at full health, the Spaniard still hasn’t lost sight of an elusive victory this season, highlighting the importance of recording consistent results in order to stay within the top three of the championship standings.

“The first thing I want to say is that I’m fine after the crash in Brno,” Viñales confirmed. “It was a weekend to forget, so I can’t wait to arrive in Austria. Unfortunately, it wasn’t possible for me to test in Brno, because I was a little sore from the crash, and we decided I should rest in order to be 100 percent ready for the next round.

“I had planned to try some things in Brno on Monday, like working on the acceleration, that will be very important at the Red Bull Ring where the top speed is crucial considering the track lay-out. However, testing wasn’t possible for me. As I’ve been saying during the last GPs, we know that we have to continue scoring points to be at least in the top three in the championship standings and to have the option to win this year’s world title.

“Last year in Austria the race was not good for us, we finished sixth and seventh, so I sincerely hope that this year we can bring home a better result and we will work hard for that.”

The number 25 sits fourth in the championship standings, 72 point behind series leader and defending champion Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda).