News 2 Aug 2019

Upbeat Vinales declares ‘nothing to lose’ entering Brno

Spaniard hopeful of maintaining mid-season form following summer break.

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Monster Energy Yamaha’s Maverick Vinales has ‘nothing to lose’ entering the back-half of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship season, confident he can maintain his recent upswing of form.

Vinales rode to a brilliant victory at Assen and then backed that effort up with second in Germany, boosting him to fifth in the point-standings entering the Czech grand prix.

“I am full of energy because I finished the last two races in a good way,” Vinales stated. “For me, this summer break was very long because I was waiting to be on the bike, the mood I had was really good. With the same mentality, we have nothing to lose and we will try to push at the maximum from the first lap on Friday.

“I feel good, calm and we need to keep trying to take the maximum from the bike, try and be at the front and understand and a learnt a lot. I think it will be very different, we will try a different way, as the bike is different to last year. I feel like we can profit from this layout and I am curious to see and I hope in the second half of the season we can prove our potential.”

Last year at Brno saw Vinales involved in a three-rider incident on the opening lap alongside Stefan Bradl and Bradley Smith. Pain in his shoulders on that occasion ultimately ruled him out of the post-race test one year ago.

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