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Maverick Viñales at the 2017 Grand Prix of Italy

Viñales speeds to bigger MotoGP championship margin at Mugello

Jun 042017

The din of cheers and shouts at Mugello almost drowned out the distinctive blast of exotic MotoGP machinery for the sixth round of the FIM World Championship and where one of the best stages for racing saw Andrea Dovizioso quench the thirst for a Italian glory. Movistar Yamaha’s Maverick Viñales extended his advantage in the standings to more than a full race with a 26 point gap over ‘Dovi’ after finishing second. 

Rossi made it through practice and qualification with competitive pace and was among the leaders in a frantic spell of opening laps on Sunday until the battle narrowed to a quartet with Dovi, Viñales and Danilo Petrucci. At one stage holding a podium slot, #46 had to take fourth by the flag.


“The podium is always the target…but here in Mugello it is more important with the crowd,” Rossi said. “I honestly thought I could do it because in practice I was quite fast. Inside I knew that twenty-three laps would be difficult because I suffered more than normal, and five laps during practice is one story that you can recover from. Eight laps to go in the race I was already finished and I could not suffer more. When you ride this bike and you are not 100% with [your] movement then everything becomes more difficult. I tried not to give up but I was not strong enough to attack. Considering on Tuesday I thought I might not be here…it was a good race.”


It was left to Viñales to blast the M1 at almost 350kmph to a fourth rostrum appearance in 2017. “I’m happy,” he said. “It is important to always be on or close to the podium as much as possible during the season and today was a day to stay on the bike,” Viñales added with reference to his speedy crash on Friday when he hit the floor at more than 200k, thankfully without injury.



“It is unbelievable I don't know what to feel at the moment! My lap-time was not so fast but I was feeling good. In the final part I was strong and really tried. I don't know what else to say: I am finished!”


From one iconic venue to a (slightly re-modelled) other: the Gran Premi Monster Energy de Catalunya sees MotoGP land at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya next weekend.