It was a valiant performance from the Spaniard but down the back straight, there was nothing he could do to stop Dovizioso and Miller
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales claimed a hard-earned fourth place on Sunday at the Gran Premio Michelin® de Aragon, but the Spaniard was left wanting more.
Starting P3, Viñales slipped to fourth on the opening lap but it didn’t take the Yamaha man long to pass Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SRT) and eventual podium finisher Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) for P2. And Viñales sat as best of the rest for the majority of the race, but a late Desmosedici onslaught saw the number 12 rider have to settle for P4.
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“I knew second position was possible. I pushed, pushed and pushed but finally the last two laps the tyre was very on the limit,” explained Viñales. “I tried my best, I nearly crashed two or three times from the rear but today I have to be in fourth. That’s the maximum and I was happy that in the middle of the race, I was strong.”
Ultimately, the Ducati’s superior grunt down Aragon’s 968m long back straight allowed both Dovizioso and Miller to pass the Yamaha with ease, with Viñales’ fading tyre not allowing him to fight back through the more twisty parts of MotorLand – Yamaha territory.
“I had no chance,” admitted Viñales, talking about how easy it was for the two Ducatis to pass him down the straight. “No chance because I tried my best but somehow I didn’t create enough grip on the tyres to keep going. But, finally I’m happy. First Yamaha again which is important for us. I tried my best, I tried my best. I tired to close the points to Dovi but it was impossible, on the straight I had no chance.”
Nevertheless, Viñales was the best Yamaha finisher for the second time in three races and now leads teammate Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) by 10 points in the Championship. Heading to Thailand, Viñales it in good form and after last year’s podium finish in Buriram, the Spaniard is confident he can go well again.
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“We arrive in really good form. I think Thailand suits well for us, also the tyre is working very well. We have a great atmosphere in the team, we are doing a great job and I hope in Thailand we can be more competitive and closer to the top.”
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