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Ducati Team: 10 things to know about the British Grand Prix

For a number of years now, the third and final race held in August for MotoGP is the British Grand Prix, one of the most fascinating events on the world championship calendar which takes place at the Silverstone Grand Prix Circuit in the UK. Let’s have a look at ten key facts about the race:

- Andrea Dovizioso’s win in Austria last weekend was the 49th for Ducati in MotoGP. Just one more win to go now to reach the half-century mark...

- The Silverstone race, together with Austin, Barcelona and the Red Bull Ring, is one of the few events on the MotoGP calendar where a Formula 1 Grand Prix is also held.

- Andrea Dovizioso’s win at Silverstone in 2017 is Ducati’s only win at this circuit so far.

- This is the 71st season in which Great Britain hosts a round of the motorcycle Grand Prix championship: 28 events have been held on the Isle of Man, 23 at Donington and 19 at Silverstone so far. Only Italy, Britain and the Netherlands have held at least one GP every year (71 consecutive seasons).

- For the tenth successive season the British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone, following a major redesign of the track in 2010.

- Andrea Dovizioso, Wayne Gardner, Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi are the only riders in the premier class to have won on two different circuits in the United Kingdom, at Donington and Silverstone.

- With its 5.9 km length, Silverstone is the longest track in the entire championship, and together with Austin, is the only circuit where the lap time is more than two minutes.

- The top speed record for MotoGP at Silverstone is 332.4 km/h, which was set by Andrea Iannone on a Ducati in FP3 in 2015.

- Danilo Petrucci’s first podium in MotoGP was obtained here at Silverstone in 2015, on board the Desmosedici GP of the Pramac Racing Team.

- The circuit, which is situated about 120 km north-west of London, was built on a Second World War airfield. The three diagonal runways making up the original airfield are still visible today.

Thursday, 22 August 2019 09:39 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Fantastic victory for Andrea Dovizioso in the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring

Andrea Dovizioso today won a spectacular Austrian Grand Prix with a last-corner pass on Marquez after a terrific sparring match with the Spanish champion that lasted from the first to the last lap. Dovizioso powered away well at the start from the front row, then overtook the provisional race leader Quartararo on lap 6. He was followed immediately by Marquez, with whom Andrea then had an amazing scrap that only finished at the chequered flag, with Andrea flashing across the line first by 0.213s.

It was a difficult race for team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who started from row 4. The Italian managed to get up to ninth place on lap 17, but was unable to improve any further and finished the race in that position.

With this victory, Ducati continued its unbeaten winning streak at the Red Bull Ring since the Austrian circuit returned to the MotoGP calendar. The red bikes from the Borgo Panigale factory won here in 2016 with Iannone, in 2017 with Dovizioso, last year with Lorenzo and again this year with Dovizioso.

In the overall Riders’ championship standings, Andrea Dovizioso is still in second place but he has reduced the gap to leader Marquez to 58 points. Ducati is getting closer to Honda in the Constructors’ standings, with 34 points separating the two, and the Ducati Team retains its first place in the special Teams’ classification with 308 points.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1st
“Today I’m so happy, because this victory was really important for me. Towards the end of the race I had good right-side grip on the tyre and this allowed me to successfully attempt that incredible overtaking move at the final corner. My strategy for the race was to be aggressive right from the opening lap, but Marquez was more aggressive than me. He immediately tried to impose his rhythm but I was always able to respond and in the final stages I think he had more wear on his tyres than me so I could stay right on his tail until the end, and attempt that crazy passing move on him at the final corner. I want to thank Ducati and my team because today we did everything just perfectly.”

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 9th
“It was a complicated race: unfortunately, at the first turn I got bottled in and then after a couple of laps I was involved in Crutchlow’s crash. I lost a lot of positions and had to get back up the field, pushing hard on the tyres and after half the race I didn’t have anything left to offer. Pity because this weekend was a missed opportunity, especially yesterday when I made a mistake in qualifying and this conditioned everything. I’m sorry for the team, who worked as hard as they could: now we have to press the reset button after these two races and look ahead positively to Silverstone.”

Luigi Dall’Igna (Ducati Corse General Manager)
“I believe that today we saw one of the best and most exciting races of the last few years. It was a fantastic and fair duel that saw Dovi put together an amazing final lap and a masterstroke in the last two corners, so my sincerest congratulations go out to Andrea. A difficult qualifying session and a bad start on the other hand clearly affected Danilo’s race because it’s never easy to recover on this track.”

The MotoGP riders will next be out on track in the United Kingdom for the British GP, scheduled for the weekend of 23-25 August at the Silverstone circuit.

Sunday, 11 August 2019 17:38 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Record breaker Marquez raises the bar with 59th MotoGP pole

A red-letter day for Marc Marquez and the Repsol Honda Team with a new lap record at the Red Bull Ring as the 21-year old record for most premier class poles falls.

The pace was high from the off on Saturday at the Red Bull Ring as MotoGP riders fought for a place in the top ten during Free Practice 3’s ideal weather conditions. Predicted rain stayed well away and the MotoGP World Championship grid enjoyed uninterrupted running all day on Saturday, able to push lap times further.

Marc Marquez continued his assault on the time sheets immediately on Saturday, dropping into the low 1’23s within just a handful of laps in FP3. His metronomic pace continued throughout and into Free Practice 4 where he ultimately finished third but with formidable consistency.

Again in the low 1’23s, Marquez set the bar throughout Q2 as he targeted a 1’22s around the 4.3km long Austrian circuit. A mistake in the final sector meant the reigning MotoGP World Champion was unable to set a 1’22, but his 1’23.027 did achieve a new all time lap record at the Red Bull Ring. As in Brno, Marquez had a significant advantage over second place – 0.434s faster than Quartararo. With his seventh pole of the 2019 season, Marquez establishes a new record for premier class poles as he took his 59th since joining the MotoGP class in 2013 and overtakes fellow Honda rider Mick Doohan as the most prolific pole setter in the premier class.

A productive FP3 and FP4 session saw Stefan Bradl and the Repsol Honda Team improve the setup of his RC213V but narrowly miss a top ten spot. Heading to Q1, Bradl and the team were confident of challenging for a spot in the top 15 but an issue during Bradl’s second run meant he was unable to show his full potential. Recovering well and finishing in the points will be Bradl’s objective for Sunday.

Sunday’s 28-lap Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich is scheduled to start at 14:00 local time.

Marc Marquez
1ST 1’23.027
“It was a really good lap but I was looking for the 1’22! But I did a mistake in the last sector and I went too wide in Turn 10. Apart from that we did a great job and during FP4 we had a great rhythm, which is the most important thing. Today was a great day, everything and everyone in the team was working so well. We just need to understand the best tyre for tomorrow and let’s do it! We will try to fight until the end and see what happens.”


Stefan Bradl
21ST 1'25.020
“It was a tough day today, we were able to try many things but got unlucky in Qualifying and weren't able to improve. We are working very hard with and for HRC to try things for the future and they are pleased with how we are going. We had to change our plan a little in FP4 and this hurt our overall speed. Tomorrow it can only get better!”

Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:35 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Front row start for Andrea Dovizioso, third in qualifying at the Red Bull Ring.

Andrea Dovizioso will start the eleventh round of the season – the Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring near Zeltweg – from the front row of the grid after today’s qualifying session. After wrapping up FP3 in third place, the Ducati Team rider from the Romagna region of Italy then went on to set the third quickest time of 1’23.515 in qualifying.

Down in twelfth place on the grid with a time of 1’23.964 can be found Danilo Petrucci, who proved to have a good pace in this morning’s FP3 session, in which he was fourth. The rider from Umbria had a harmless crash during Q2 while he was improving on his best lap and was unable to continue. As a result, tomorrow he will start the Austrian GP from the fourth row of the grid.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 1’23.515 (3rd)
“It was vitally important to start from the front row of the grid and this we managed to do. We are a bit far off Marquez, who set a really good time, but like him we’ve got good pace so the aim for tomorrow will be to get a good start and try and prevent him from getting away in the early laps. It’ll be a long race and I’m convinced we can play a major part up at the front”.

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 1:23.964 (12th)
“Obviously I feel really bad about the crash in Q2, especially because today we showed we had good pace. Starting so far behind will surely not help us one bit and I’ll have to try and make up some positions in the early laps. With the squad we’ve been working well, but clearly the crash has complicated things: I was pushing hard, I made an error and crashed out. Pity, but now I’m even more motivated: as I said, we’ve got a good pace, today I was also fast in the hot conditions, and this makes me confident for tomorrow”.

The Ducati Team will be back on track tomorrow, Sunday 11th August, at 09.40 CET for the warm-up session for the 28-lap race, which is scheduled to start at 14.00.

Saturday, 10 August 2019 20:31 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Win 76: Marc Marquez draws level with legendary Hailwood with Czech masterpiece

Joining an elite group of riders, Marc Marquez claimed his 50th victory in the premier class after a chaotic start to the Czech GP as Stefan Bradl continued his point-scoring run.

Saturday’s dreary conditions were initially nowhere to be seen as race day at the Czech GP began. But a brief rain shower half an hour before the start of the MotoGP race left the track with wet patches and led to a delayed start and a reduced race distance of 20 laps.

After securing pole by 2.524 seconds in thrilling style on Saturday, MotoGP World Championship leader Marc Marquez shot forward to lead the shortened race as the lights went out. With the likes of Dovizioso, Rins and Miller behind, Marquez settled into a consistent pace and steadily opened up a half second lead over his rivals by lap ten. Even with a moment at Turn 10, Marquez’s lead continued to grow as the race went on.

With an advantage of over two seconds, Marquez crossed the line to claim victory in Brno and his sixth win of 2019. He becomes just the fourth rider in Grand Prix history to take 50 wins in the premier class and equals Mike Hailwood’s 76 wins across all classes. Fourth on the all time winner list, Marquez heads to round 11 in Austria with 210 points – 63 points clear of second placed Dovizioso.

Stefan Bradl endured a tough start to his third appearance of the season, but worked his way forward into the points by half-race distance. Holding 14th until late in the race, Bradl continued his run of point scoring finishes with 15th. The German will again ride for the Repsol Honda Team at the Austrian GP with Jorge Lorenzo scheduled to return to action at Silverstone.

The result sees Honda extend their lead in the Constructor Championship to 39 points with a total of 216 points.

Before heading to the Red Bull Ring for the Austrian GP, August 09 – 11, the Repsol Honda Team will remain in Brno for a post-race test on Monday alongside the rest of the MotoGP World Championship grid.

Marc Marquez
1ST
“I was really concentrated from the beginning as there were still some wet patches, especially at Turn 1. I knew I needed to keep my rhythm as the Yamaha riders were starting from behind and they were strong in Warm Up. Then I saw that Dovi was behind me so I had to keep pushing and pushing. I had a little warning on lap 10 because that is when I started to push more to try and open the gap. Delaying the race was the best decision that could have been made because the track was in a mixed condition and it could have been quite dangerous. A crazy weekend with the weather but the whole Repsol Honda Team were perfect and helped me a lot to achieve victory!”

Stefan Bradl
15TH
“I’m not happy with the final result because I think we had a lot more potential. Since Friday we have been improving but the conditions of Saturday and lack of time hurt us in the race today and I struggled with rear grip and turning during the race. It has been a very busy weekend and we were able to work a lot for Honda. To score was good but I am hoping for more in Austria. I’m excited to be asked to join the Repsol Honda Team once again next week and I am already thinking about the race.”

Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:35 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Andrea Dovizioso finishes runner-up in the Czech Republic Grand Prix

Andrea Dovizioso stepped onto the podium of the Czech Republic Grand Prix today at the Brno circuit after a great run in second place. The Italian, who powered away well at the start from the second row, immediately slotted in behind poleman Marquez, and held on to the same position until the chequered flag.

Eighth place for team-mate Danilo Petrucci, who started from the third row. The Italian rider, who was seventh at the end of the opening lap, dropped down a couple of positions in the next few laps but was able to get back into eighth place on lap 13, finishing the race behind Quartararo.

Dovizioso and Petrucci maintain their second and third positions respectively with 147 and 129 points in the overall standings. Ducati remain second in the Constructors’ classification with 177 points while the Ducati Team increases its lead in the special teams’ standings by 40 points and is now on 276.

Andrea Dovizioso (#04 Ducati Team) – 2nd
“I’m happy with my second place today and the fact that we were fast all through the weekend, even though unfortunately it wasn’t enough to win the race. I opted for a different rear tyre to Marquez and at the start I pushed hard to stay close to him, but when he began to brake harder I didn’t have any margin to push harder at the front. Pity, but we weren’t that far away from him, so we have to continue to believe in ourselves: I’m still positive because tomorrow there will be an important test day here at Brno, with a lot of new material to try out.”

Danilo Petrucci (#9 Ducati Team) – 8th
“For sure this was the most difficult race of the year for me. I missed out on being able to lap in the dry yesterday, because already on Friday I was struggling a bit at this circuit. The race was tough because right from the start I didn’t have much grip and the leaders went away immediately, and then it was also difficult to fight with the others because in the final stages I had finished the tyres. Pity, because Rins made up a few points on me in the standings even though I’m still in third, but luckily tomorrow we’ll have an entire day of testing to understand what to improve.”

The Ducati Team will be back on track at Brno tomorrow for a one-day official test and then the MotoGP circus will head directly to Zeltweg for the Austrian Grand Prix, which is scheduled for the Red Bull Ring circuit from 9 to 11 August.

Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:30 Published in Rider and Team Releases


THREE KTM RC16S IN THE POINTS AFTER DRAMATIC CZECH MOTOGP

Red Bull KTM picked up more MotoGP points as both Pol Espargaro and Johann Zarco finished 11th and 14th respectively at a warm Brno for the Monster Energy Ceske republiky today. Red Bull KTM Tech3’s Miguel Oliviera was the third RC16 rider in the top fifteen with a creditable 13th.

MotoGP clicked into the second half of the 2019 campaign with the visit to the popular and demanding Automotodrom Brno circuit and where a wet and complicated day of qualification changed to largely summery conditions for the tenth round of nineteen.

The 50th Grand Prix at Brno started brilliantly for KTM with the manufacturer’s best qualification results in their short two-and-a-half year spell in the premier class: Johann Zarco obtaining the KTM RC16’s first front row position with 3rd and Pol Espargaro equalling a previous best with 5th place.

On Sunday afternoon a freak shower on part of the track caused a 40 minute delay and plenty of consternation among the teams and riders as the grid formed up. The race was shortened from 21 to 20 laps and declared a ‘Flag to Flag’ sprint.

Espargaro initially ran within the top five as Zarco could not ace a start to head the pack. The Spaniard struggled with rear tyre grip to slip just outside the top ten while Zarco defeated Stefan Bradl to place just behind Oliveira. The Portuguese’s teammate, Hafizh Syahrin, crashed out in the first laps.

Pol Espargaro: “Qualifying went very well, and today we could keep the rhythm near the front for the first four-five laps after making a good start in very tricky conditions. Then we had some wheel-spin as the tyre dropped, mostly on the straights, and it meant we lost some positions. I tried to go with Valentino [Rossi], [Danilo] Petrucci and [Cal] Crutchlow but it was complicated. I was losing a lot each lap. So, some positives and negatives today and we’re looking forward to tomorrow to see if we can make some improvements. We have a big target for next weekend.”

Johann Zarco: “Not the plan we had. The start was a disaster. I think I had some spin because I was on the right side of the track where there were some wet patches. It was the right decision to wait forty minutes and start the race with the slick. I messed-up the start but it was good to fight and I did my best to be as constant as possible. In the end it was good to be in the points and to beat the guy I was racing with at the end. I want to say I am happy but it is because I did not finish the last two races and that is the most disappointing thing. Compared to yesterday 14th is not so satisfying but it’s where I am at the moment.”

Miguel Oliveira: “It was a nice race: difficult for everyone, especially to manage the grip of the rear tyre. The pace was the best I could do. We did a great job after having only one day of practice in the dry, the team gave me a nice bike to ride, so I’m really happy for that. The gap to the first is not so big, it’s the second-best gap that we had all season. We are definitely on a line of improvement and we just need to keep working like this.”

Hafizh Syahrin: “I’m very disappointed. It was a really good race. I felt confident and I was one of the only three riders to choose the hard tyre in front but for some reason we suddenly lost the front. Plus, the start was strange. I tried to put in the launch control, but it was not working and also the dashboard was a bit confused, so I needed to start without launch control, which was very difficult for me. But on the first lap I was really strong and on the second one, I caught back up with the group. I arrived in 15th and knew I would be able to pass Aleix [Espargaro], but first I tried to stay with Maverick [Viñales] and to pull away a little bit and then the crash happened. That’s racing, I feel sorry for everyone.”

Mike Leitner, Red Bull KTM Team Manager: “In general the weekend for KTM was not so bad but for sure our target was the top ten. Pol nearly did it but lost the rear tyre quite dramatically after mid-race distance and could not keep his position. He did a great job and we need to work harder so our tyre life stays longer. Johann rode well to get a good position on the grid but the bad luck with the weather meant it was very wet on that side and it affected him to focus and make a good start. He scored two points and all of us are not so happy with that but it’s where we are right now. Miguel had a decent race and we had three bikes in the points. Tomorrow we’ll test and try some items to improve lap-times and stability for the race. Next week is our home GP and we are focussed on our target there and to finish in a good position.”

Moto2 & Moto3

Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Brad Binder tumbled from a top ten position in Moto2 while teammate Jorge Martin rode to 13th place. Iker Lecuona was the highest RC12 runner with 10th spot. Moto3 featured at least twelve riders in the leading group and tussling for podium honours. Victory went to Sterilgarda Max Racing Team’s Aron Canet for the fifth time this season and Bester Capital Dubai’s Jaume Masia registered 4th. Canet leads Moto3 by 3 points from Lorenzo Dalla Porta. Brno saw Can Öncü in action with his twin brother, Deniz, for the first time in Red Bull KTM Ajo colours. Can continues to improve his speed and was at the back of the principal gaggle, eventually coming home in 14th for just his second batch of GP points in 2019. Deniz managed 18th on his FIM World Championship debut.

Brno cannot rest just yet. All the MotoGP teams will gather for the IRTA test on Monday and then a busy and eagerly awaited home Grand Prix lies in store for KTM next week; the myWorld Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich, taking place once more at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg.

Sunday, 04 August 2019 22:26 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Ducati Team: 10 things to know about the Czech Grand Prix at Brno

After a three-week break, the MotoGP World Championship is ready to resume action at Brno (Czech Republic), home of the tenth round on the calendar, and officially begin the second half of the season. The Moravian track, characterized by its elevation changes, evokes good memories for both Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci, who ended the last race in Germany separated by only 92 thousandths of a second on the finish line: Dovizioso took five podiums in total at Brno, including a fantastic win last year ahead of his then teammate Jorge Lorenzo, while Petrucci has always finished the race within the top ten with Ducati. Let's discover ten key data about next round:

- The Brno circuit opened in 1987 and hosted the World Championship each year except 1992. Brno is also the only track on the calendar that hasn't undergone any layout modifications since its inauguration.

- The largest elevation change on the track is 74 metres, starting from the high point at the entrance of turn 3 (450 metres) to the lowest point between turns 10 and 11 (376 metres).

- Originally a public-roads Grand Prix, Brno is ready to host the World Championship for the 50th time. Assen is currently the only venue on the calendar to have hosted more World Championship races.

- In 32 years since its opening in 1987, the Brno circuit only hosted one wet race in 2016.

- In Brno, MotoGP riders brake 11 times, for a total of 31 seconds per lap. The most challenging braking area coincides with turn 10: riders enter it at speeds around 280 km/h and brake for 4.2 seconds to decelerate to 100 km/h applying 6.2 kg on the brake lever.

- Ducati holds the top-speed record at Brno with 316.4 km/h, established in 2015 with Andrea Iannone.

- Ducati won three times at Brno: back to back in 2006 (Capirossi) and 2007 (Stoner), and last year with Andrea Dovizioso.

- Ducati scored eigth podiums in total at Brno with 6 different riders: Bayliss, Capirossi, Stoner, Elias, Lorenzo and Dovizioso.

- Andrea Dovizioso's best result at Brno coincides with the win seized last year at the end of a spectacular race in a sprint to the finish line, ahead of Jorge Lorenzo (second) and Marc Márquez (third).

- Danilo Petrucci has always finished within the top ten at Brno since joining Ducati. Petrucci's best result to date is sixth, scored last year as he finished just three seconds behind the winner Dovizioso.

Thursday, 01 August 2019 11:23 Published in Rider and Team Releases


Ducati Team: 10 things to know about the German Grand Prix at Sachsenring

After taking fourth and sixth place on the finish line at the Dutch Grand Prix at Assen with Andrea Dovizioso and Danilo Petrucci respectively, the Ducati Team is ready to take it to the track again for the second consecutive weekend at the Sachsenring circuit, located near Chemnitz (Germany) and home of the ninth round of the 2019 MotoGP season, the last one before the summer break. The German track, rebuilt in 1998, will host MotoGP for the 22nd year in a row; let's discover 10 key data ahead of next round:

- With a length of 3.7 kilometers, Sachsenring is the shortest track on the calendar. Consequently, the German GP features the highest number of laps to complete: 30

- Only 0.307 seconds separated the first four top-class riders on the finish line of the German GP in 2006 (Rossi, Melandri, Hayden and Pedrosa): it's the shortest gap ever recorded among the top-four riders in MotoGP's history.

- Turn 11, also known as "Wasserfall" (Waterfall), is one of the trickiest and most iconic. It's off-camber and riders enter it at speeds beyond 200 km/h despite its steep inclination (in 250 meters riders face a 21-meter drop, equivalent to seven floors). Also, it's the first right turn after seven consecutive left turns and, as the right side of the tyre drops in temperature, crashes are quite common there.

- Brakes are used for 24% of the lap. The hardest braking point is at the end of the start-finish straight, where riders reach 290 km/h and brake for over five seconds, covering about 260 meters.

- Ducati's best result to date at Sachsenring coincides with Casey Stoner's win in 2008. That year, the Australian completed the hat-trick by taking also pole position and fastest lap of the race.

- Ducati conquered five podiums in total at Sachsenring: with Bayliss (2003), Capirossi (2007), Stoner (2008 e 2009) and Dovizioso (2016).

- Andrea Dovizioso's best result to date with Ducati at Sachsenring is a third place scored in 2016 at the end of a particularly dramatic race, started in rainy conditions and ended on a dry tarmac

- Andrea Dovizioso took two podiums overall in Germany, in 2012 and 2016. The Italian rider also took pole position at Sachsenring in 2004, the year in which he was crowned 125cc World Champion.

- Danilo Petrucci's best result with Ducati at Sachsenring is fourth, scored in 2018 when the Italian missed the podium by only five tenths of a second.

Friday, 05 July 2019 10:06 Published in Rider and Team Releases


VIÑALES ACES ASSEN IN HARD-FOUGHT RACE

It was a day of mixed emotions for the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team at the TT Circuit Assen today. Maverick Viñales delivered a strong race performance at the Motul TT Assen round, riding his YZR-M1 to a brilliant victory after a hard fight at the front. Valentino Rossi’s luckless streak continued in the Netherlands. He suffered a crash on lap 5, ending his challenge prematurely.

Viñales had a good start from P2, but a wobble in Turn 1 left him a bit unsettled. He fell back to fourth, which he held crossing the finish line for the first time. There was a small scrap between him and Marc Marquez early on, until the number-12 rider noticed the three front men getting away, prompting him to make his move. As he chased the race leaders, frontrunner Álex Rins crashed. It didn’t shake up the Yamaha rider though. He passed Joan Mir, and then the battle with Marquez and Fabio Quartararo really started.

The 24-year-old was in third place for a while and was having a good look behind Marquez with 14 laps to go, deciding carefully where he would make his move. He first led the race on lap 16, but Marquez proved difficult to shake. With 9 laps to go, the Yamaha rider ran wide going into Turn 1 and fell back to second place, but it was only briefly. He retaliated that same lap by using the Yamaha’s nimble character to perfection, reclaiming the P1 spot. It was the right moment to put his head down, and this time he broke free from his rival. He showed his incredible race pace, setting a personal best lap of 1’33.720s on lap 21. The Spaniard kept his concentration until the very end and took the chequered flag with a 4.854s advantage.

Rossi did well to manoeuvre himself through the busy mid-pack in the early stages of the race. Setting off from P14, he held his position in the opening lap and gained a place on the next. He had found a set-up he liked in this morning's warm-up, and it clearly worked for him in the early stages of the race as he swiftly moved up to 11th place in lap 3.

However bad luck struck for the third time in a row. Eager to hit the front, the Italian attempted to overtake Takaaki Nakagami on lap 5 but suffered a fast crash in Turn 8, unfortunately taking his rival down with him. Thankfully the Doctor was quickly back on his feet and able to check on his fellow rider, but he could not resume his challenge.

Today's NC result means Rossi stays in fifth position in the championship standings with an 88-point gap to first. Viñales on the other hand moves up from eleventh to seventh in the rankings, with a 95-point margin to the top. Yamaha remains third in the constructor standings, whilst Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP gains one position, to third, in the team classification.

The team will be back in action next week, when the riders take on the Sachsenring for the German GP.

Massimo Meregalli
TEAM DIRECTOR

“We start with the positives. Maverick was strong all weekend and started the Dutch GP with the same confidence level he had in Barcelona. To have him battle at the front, which is where he belongs, and win in such a convincing manner is fantastic, especially in hot weather, the circumstances in which we struggled in the past. This win is an indication that we’re heading in the right direction and is a very important reward for both Maverick, his team, and Yamaha, because they have been working very hard. It also slightly makes up for the misfortune our team encountered in Catalunya. However, as much as we are happy for Maverick, we are disappointed for Valentino. The race is always tricky when you’re starting from more towards the back, but he had found something he liked in the morning and was on his way up the order when he crashed. It’s a shame, and also very unlucky that Nakagami was taken down too. In any case, we have learned from this weekend and head to the Sachsenring fully motivated to get to work.”

Maverick Viñales
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER

"It feels like I'm dreaming. These have been difficult times for me, because I've been out of the three tracks where I thought I had the most potential with the bike. My season has been difficult, but I've tried to keep the momentum from Catalunya, because I felt really good on the bike. I'm so grateful to the team, because they did a great job this weekend and prepared well for the last laps of the race. I was strong, even one-to-one on the brakes, I knew I could make the overtakes. It was very important to relieve some of the pressure by taking a victory. I think the team will be more relaxed now. Being back on the top step of the podium again feels really good and bringing Yamaha back to its winning ways is the most important to me. We knew we had the potential but hadn't been able to show it. It's always a combination between the team's, the rider's, and the bike's efforts. Sachsenring is a track I'm usually fast at, so we'll try our best."

Valentino Rossi
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP RIDER

"I was quite fast, so I tried to recover some positions. I was battling with Nakagami and I tried to overtake him, entering Turn 8, but I was a bit too much off the line, I think. When I entered the corner, I lost the front and unfortunately I also took out Nakagami, so that's a great shame and I have to say "sorry". It was a mistake and a pity, because today, after being slow this weekend, we had found something, so during the race I was good. I felt good with the bike. So, on one side this makes it an even bigger shame, but on the other side it's also important to realise that I was suffering too much this weekend and that we need to be stronger."

Monday, 01 July 2019 17:39 Published in Rider and Team Releases


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