Urgent meeting of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team after the Jerez race. Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales have met with their engineers and Michelin technicians for close to an hour to understand what has happened to the front tire in Jerez today, even comparing the condition of their tires with the front tires of Jonas Folger and Johann Zarco, the two satellite riders of the Iwata factory.
Despite having mastered the warm-up and having solved the problems in the rear-end of his Yamaha, Maverick Viñales has not been able to pass today from the sixth position in Jerez, with obvious problems in the front that have been on the verge of taking him to the ground on more than one occasion.
Speaking for Movistar, the Spanish rider has said that “there is an explanation” to what happened today in Jerez, “but they sent me an email and I can not tell the truth.” “I’m really disappointed, in the warm-up with the same tires, the bike is completely the same, an incredible pace, and in the race, I’ve been on the verge of crashing, I do not know … I lost count already,” lamented the #25.
In one of those moments, in the braking of the Jorge Lorenzo curve, Maverick Viñales almost hit Andrea Iannone, to whom he has apologized for that action: “It happened with Iannone once and I apologize, it was not because of me, he cut me just when I hit the brake, once I saw that I said ‘ok, today you have to bring points home.’ You have to watch what has happened because it has been something spectacular. ”
Without saying the specific problem that he and Valentino Rossi have had, which has finished 10th, Maverick does not understand how that is possible, using the same compounds in warm-up and race (hard / medium), they have had so many problems : “The problem has not been in the front either in the warm-up or the in FP4, we improved the bike a lot this morning, I had a very good rear grip but not so good in front, and this morning with less degrees in the track I braked super late, very aggressive, and this afternoon it seemed that it was riding on an ice surface, so we have to value and above all being the same tire as in the warm-up because we do not understand what has happened, because these are points that we are leaving to others and they are very important for the championship “.
Two weeks ago, in Austin, Maverick Viñales also suffered a problem in his front tire that took him to the ground at the start of the race. At that time, unofficially, they were talking about a defective tire, a possibility that, perhaps, could have been repeated in Jerez, in this case completely affecting the two official Yamaha.
With sixth place today, Viñales maintains second place overall with 60 points, only two fewer than his teammate Valentino Rossi.