Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP‘s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi return to the Ricardo Tormo track for the penultimate round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.
Following a difficult European GP weekend, Viñales has adopted a ’nothing-to-lose‘ mind-set for the upcoming Valencia GP. After last Sunday‘s race, he is now fourth in the standings, 41 points from the top of the leaderboard, with a maximum of 50 points still up for grabs in the final two Grands Prix.
Top Gun stood on the podium twice before in Valencia and would like to end the 2020 season on a high note by adding another Ricardo Tormo rostrum visit to his tally. He secured a victory in his first Valencian 125cc race in 2011, and he graced the top step once more in 2013 when he claimed the Moto3 World Championship Title. His best MotoGP finish was a fifth place in 2016.
Rossi was unlucky to have a premature stop to his European GP challenge. He is keen on a rematch this weekend and is looking forward to putting in many laps in all sessions. He wants to make some more kilometres on his YZR-M1 after missing the Aragon and Teruel GP.
The Doctor has visited the Valencian premier class rostrum many times prior, securing wins in 2003 and 2004, second places in 2002, 2009 and 2014, and third places in 2005, 2008, and 2010. His fans can be assured that he is going to push 100% again this time round to fight at the front of the pack.
Despite its tricky nature, the Valencian GP is known as a solid fan favourite, especially when it became the traditional closing round of the MotoGP championship. This year, for the first time since 2001, Valencia isn‘t the final race venue. But with the chase for the title still ongoing, the upcoming second race in Valencia is a must-watch event.
Maverick Viñales: “Last race weekend wasn‘t our weekend. Fighting for the championship is going to be difficult now, so I don‘t want to focus on it too much. Instead we will work on improving the bike and try to enjoy this second opportunity to do a good race in Valencia. We don‘t really have anything to lose, so we will do our best to get the best result possible.”
Valentino Rossi: “Compared to last week, we can go into this GP a lot calmer. This time I know I will be able to ride my bike, so that takes away some of the stress for me and the team. We can now focus on improving on last weekend‘s work. It was a shame that I couldn‘t finish that race, but we have another chance this Sunday. We know it won‘t be easy. We struggled with grip last week, so that is what we will focus on improving.”