Maverick Viñales dowsed Yamaha’s longest Grand Prix dry spell with an emphatic first victory since May 2017 at a sun-skimmed Phillip Island. #25 blasted away the 25 races without an M1 on the top of the box with a superb display around one of the fastest and most technical courses on the MotoGP slate.
Australian fans shivered through chilly and unrelenting winds on the south coast and a short distance east of Melbourne but were kept enrapt by another feast of Grand Prix action throughout the classes.
Viñales and Movistar Yamaha teammate Valentino Rossi have bagged podium results but have battled set-up and technical misadventures with the factory bikes in search of victory since the Grand Prix of the Netherlands last summer. The arrival to Phillip Island caused Viñales to perk up. A slightly different approach to the majestic curves paid dividends.