Valentino Rossi’s last victory dates back to the Dutch Grand Prix of 2017. Since then, the Italian is going through a drought in which he is not alone: Yamaha has not climbed to the top of the lather since then and, little by little, they are approaching their worst streak in the era of the four cylinders. Between the seasons 2002 and 2003, they let escape the first position 18 times and now they are one race to match that record.
“For me and for Yamaha, it’s bad news that a year has passed since the last victory,” acknowledged Valentino Rossi himself at the end of the #CatalanGP race. The good news is that he has chained three consecutive podiums, is second in the general standings and Massimo Meregalli, Team Manager of the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP, believes that they could even fight for the title if Yamaha provides them with the right material soon.
Next week, the Motorcycle World Championship travels to the Cathedral to contest the eighth round of the year and ‘The Doctor’ recognizes his predilection for this track, but does not trust: “I love Assen, like Barcelona, Mugello or Phillip Island, but we can not expect something magical because it’s Assen, I like the circuit, I usually go well and the Yamaha works well, it will be difficult, as always, although I hope to have a chance to fight for the victory before the end of the season. ”
The numbers of ‘Vale’ in Assen are overwhelming: he has won ten times, three of them since the first sector was shortened, and he has made the pole position seven times. The Dutch layout also has a certain symbolism for the Italian Valentino Rossi, because it was the stage on which he achieved his first triumph after two very complicated years at Ducati.
On the other side of the box, Maverick Viñales lives a very complicated moment. After finishing sixth, the #25 Maverick Viñales described his performance in the Grand Prix of Catalunya as “disaster” and in the test he worked to feel more comfortable about his prototype. His big problem is in the first laps when the bike has a full tank, and also suffers from lack of feeling with the front end, a problem that affects Valentino Rossi, although the Italian attributes it to a poor selection of compounds by Michelin.