Viñales happy with surprise podium
While Rossi was pleased with his damage-limiting fourth place, team-mate Maverick Viñales was positively delighted, after he put a tough weekend behind him by taking a surprise podium finish in third.
Struggling throughout the weekend to get the best out of the Yamaha M1 as he continues to adapt to the new chassis first tried by the firm before the summer break, he said: “Honestly, third was the best we could do. Our target was to be on the podium and we did it, but we were struggling all weekend. Finishing third on a tough weekend is a good result, but we have to be on the podium - this has to be the norm if we want to win the championship.”