Viñales gets ti­tle fight back on track

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport -

Mav­er­ick Viñales got his bid for the 2017 Mo­togp world cham­pi­onship back on track at Mugello af­ter tak­ing sec­ond place at the Ital­ian Grand Prix. The re­sult saw him ex­tend his lead over Valentino Rossi, Marc Mar­quez and Dani Pe­drosa to an im­pres­sive 26 points.

Viñales looked cool and cal­cu­lated in Sun­day’s race as he picked his way through the field. He even led for a while as the fight at the front heated up. And when Dovizioso was able to pile the pres­sure on thanks to the in­cred­i­ble top speed of his Du­cati, Viñales still man­aged to score big points.

“I’m so pleased to be sec­ond, be­cause it was a dif­fi­cult week­end; I crashed on Fri­day af­ter­noon and was quite lucky to walk away. I tried for the win early in the race, but Dovi was re­ally strong and there was noth­ing I could do.

“Nor­mally I’m a rider who thinks a lot about the last six or so laps of the race and can push hard again, but not on Sun­day. I was think­ing about the cham­pi­onship, and it was bet­ter to set­tle for 20 points than to maybe take none home try­ing for 25.”

And yet, de­spite his ri­vals well be­hind him and his lead ex­tend­ing to over a race win in hand, he says that he’s try­ing his best not to get too car­ried away.

“It’s al­ways dif­fi­cult to be­lieve you can win the cham­pi­onship even when you’re con­stantly on the podium and win­ning races, but we have one ob­jec­tive for the year and I have to trust in my­self, in the team, and in the bike. I’m al­ways push­ing for 100%.

“We suf­fered with the crash on Fri­day, be­cause we al­ways want to be at 100% and at the top of the time screens. I have to learn that I don’t al­ways have to give that level though. I don’t crash much, but I still have to be more in­tel­li­gent there and not make mis­takes.”

He now heads to his home race boosted by mo­men­tum and con­fi­dence that he can keep an im­pres­sive run of four podi­ums from six races go­ing at the Mont­melò cir­cuit this week­end.

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