Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales celebrated on the Sachsenring rostrum together. They secured second and third place respectively in the German Grand prix, the team’s first double podium of the season.
“Usually Sachsenring is a difficult track for the M1, but we were able to get a double podium, so we’re very happy, also about the work of the team”, Rossi said.
“I’m so happy because I did a fantastic race from the beginning, I never made a mistake. I rewatched the race from last year and I said to myself “Folger was good with the Yamaha, so we have to do the same!” In the end, I got the same position as he did, so I’m happy and it’s a great way to start the holiday.”
— Valentino Rossi (@ValeYellow46) July 15, 2018
Viñales added it was a tough race but he was also happy.
“With the team, we worked hard on the last ten laps of the race, which were the most important. I think we were one of the strongest at the end of the race, but there are still things for us to improve, also on myself. It’s good to have a break right now, to give us some time to work hard and try to improve the bike”, he explained.
“It was almost impossible to overtake. I tried, but I was going wide everywhere. Outside, inside, I tried everything! When the tyres started to drop I was overtaking everyone in corner 8, closing my eyes, going downhill, full gas. I gave everything, and the bike was working well. I was doing some 1:21.8s or 1:21.9s and this was the race pace that I was expecting. Honestly, congratulations to the team. We’re making the steps little by little and we just have to keep working.”
— Maverick Viñales (@maverickmack25) July 15, 2018