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While the satel­lite Mon­ster Yamaha bikes of Fol­ger and Zarco might be hit­ting the head­lines, there’s still work to be done in the fac­tory Mo­vis­tar Yamaha garage of Valentino Rossi and Mav­er­ick Viñales, af­ter yet an­other week­end of mixed re­sults.

Strug­gling through­out in both wet and dry con­di­tions, it was Viñales who even­tu­ally came out on top in Sun­day’s race in fourth, just one place ahead of his team-mate. But speak­ing af­ter the race he said that a race win was never within his grasp.

Viñales said: “The max­i­mum for me was third place. We made a good start and took some po­si­tions early on, and there’s a lot that I can learn from this race. It was a good race and I was able to set a good pace, but still we have to im­prove.

“I was feel­ing re­ally great in the mid­dle of the race, and from then un­til the end of the race – the bike was work­ing well. Still, we have to work harder in prac­tice to be stronger in the race.”

How­ever, team-mate Rossi was look­ing for the pos­i­tives in what he says could have been a much worse re­sult for both of them. He par­tic­u­larly praised the new-spec­i­fi­ca­tion chas­sis in­tro­duced af­ter last month’s Barcelona test.

Rossi, who won last time out at Assen, said: “I’m happy, be­cause it could have been like Jerez or Barcelona so we are in a good po­si­tion. We have to try and start fin­ish­ing in front of the satel­lite bikes now, but if you look at the cham­pi­onship Mav­er­ick and I are in front of them.

“Usu­ally, I wouldn’t be happy with fifth place be­cause I want to fight for the podium at ev­ery race, but af­ter the week­end we had the re­sult isn’t so bad. The race was very dif­fi­cult from the be­gin­ning to the end, al­ways with some­one 0.0 be­hind. But we were able to work bet­ter with the bike, and in the end I had a good pace from the be­gin­ning to the end.”

And things should get a lit­tle eas­ier for the pair as soon as the sum­mer break comes to an end, thanks to more im­por­tant parts com­ing from Ja­pan. Still run­ning at Sach­sen­ring with only one of the new M1 chas­sis each (an is­sue that was giv­ing Rossi sleep­less nights in case of a flag-to-flag bike swap), they look set to start the sec­ond half of the sea­son – at the Brno Motogp on Au­gust 6 – with two of the new frames each.

‘Af­ter the week­end we had the re­sult isn’t so bad. The race was dif­fi­cult’ VALENTINO ROSSI

Both the fac­tory Yamaha rid­ers strug­gled

Rossi is not 100% happy with his M1 but he’s still right in the ti­tle fight

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