Viñales dazed and confused
Maverick Viñales was at a loss to explain why he could manage no more than a below-par tenth in Sunday’s Catalunya GP.
Struggling throughout the weekend – even more than Rossi – and running as low as 16th in the race, he admitted afterwards that he just didn’t understand the cause for their lack of pace.
“In warm-up, I did a 1m 46.1s with 15-lap-old tyres, and in the race I did 1m 46.7s laps and felt like I was about to crash all the time. I don’t know what to say – our bike is good, was good at the start of the year, and this isn’t the problem.”
But, complaining about the same issues as he did in Jerez, where he was also fast in warmup’s cool conditions but suffered in the race, the common factor seems to be track temperature. With sunny conditions causing the track temperature to rise a huge 21°C to 54°C for Sunday’s race, Viñales showed the first signs this season of struggling under the pressure of high expectations after showing such good earlyseason form.
Looking and sounding flustered after Sunday’s race – something confirmed by scenes throughout the weekend of angry exchanges between team and rider inside the Movistar Yamaha garage – he admitted that it’s been hard for him to go from being so fast in the year’s opening races to struggling at his home circuits in Spain.
“It’s very difficult, because you come with a good motivation after making firsts and seconds and setting fastest laps and poles to being tenth – and I was only tenth because lots of people had problems. Otherwise, I would have finished 16th. It’s a big drama for me, because now I go home not knowing what happened and not knowing what to fix. It’s not just the result I got in Barcelona but the result of many races recently.”
‘It’s a big drama because I go home not knowing what to fix’ MAVERICK VIÑALES
Viñales was clearly not happy over the weekend and the strain showed