Monster Yamaha MotoGP pairing Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales are expecting much from this weekend’s Jerez round after showing good pace so at the last two rounds.
Both riders are expecting to be competitive at the Andalucian track with a bike that is vastly improved over the 2017-2018 incarnations.
“I love racing in Europe because the tracks are fantastic, and I know them very well. We start at Jerez, which has been a difficult track for the Yamaha in the last two years, but we did well at the last two races, so it will be very interesting to see if we can be strong there,” said Rossi, who was tenth in 2017 and fifth in 2018.
We have had a little break and from now on it’s ‘bam, bam, bam’, a very packed schedule until the race at the Sachsenring.
We’re good, strong, and we are working well. It looks like the bike improved a lot. For sure, there are some areas that we need to work on. We need some time for that, but we can be competitive.”
Vinales has fared little better in the past two seasons with a sixth and seventh but is as equally upbeat as his team leader.
“In Austin, despite the problems we encountered, I felt very good riding my bike and I had a very good race pace,” said the Spaniard.
We’ve had some difficulties in Jerez in the past, but I think that we’ve made good steps lately, so potentially we could be arriving at a very good track for the Yamaha.
“I hope to be fighting for the podium from the start of the race. We are going to work very hard all week to make it happen.”