‘It just goes to show, it isn’t easy’
“It was a good day for Maverick – a strong race, a good battle, but again it was just with Yamaha riders. It asked the same questions and gave the same answers as Jerez, but we’d like to see a battle with Yamaha versus Honda mixed up a bit now, as a motorbike fan!
“But we’re happy with Maverick’s pace, especially considering we didn’t do a lot of laps in the dry. We’re happy to recover those lost points, too. Yes, we won the first two races, but then we had a bit of a disaster for a while, with a completely unexpected crash in Austin. Everyone has crashed already now, and Marc has crashed twice. He learned a big lesson last year, but he’s already been on the floor twice. It just goes to show – it isn’t easy. “Beating Valentino wasn’t too important to Maverick mentally, because he takes every race as it comes. And now there’s a big margin that we can use when the package isn’t quite right – except it doesn’t seem to work like that, because every time they win two races now they flick the thing on the ground! You need to push but you need to focus and keep that momentum. “The relationship between the riders is good. Maverick does a good job and he respects Vale a lot, and Vale knows that Maverick is fast. But Vale was fast until the last few corners, too.”