Viñales gets back on track

Yamaha woes not over yet

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Mav­er­ick Viñales has ad­mit­ted that he found it hard to find his place in the Yamaha set-up at the start of this sea­son, con­fess­ing that at times he’s felt un­sup­ported by the fac­tory and his team.

Publi­cally strug­gling with crew chief Ra­mon For­cada all sea­son, he told Sky Italy that at times this year he’s felt like he just needed a hug from the team, but has been left to his own de­vices as the split with the Spaniard has deep­ened.

But now that he’s fi­nally ad­dressed the ele­phant in the room with the team, Viñales was up­beat and adamant they’re mak­ing progress both on and off the bike. “We’ve spo­ken in the past and it’s done now, be­cause we all want to be com­pet­i­tive and we all want to im­prove. This year should help us, be­cause if we can un­der­stand all of this we can use it to im­prove. I like the at­mos­phere and I’m able to be closer to the team on the fly­aways, and that’s mak­ing me calmer.

“I need to try and re­cover the

‘Viñales told Sky Italy that at times he felt like he needed a team hug’

feel­ings now, be­cause with more con­fi­dence I could be fight­ing at the front more reg­u­larly. So, let’s see if the good re­sult at the week­end can bring more self-con­fi­dence for me.” For­cada will leave the Viñales camp at the end of the sea­son and make the jump over to the new Petronas Yamaha team, head­hunted away by Valentino Rossi to work with his pro­tégé Franco Mor­bidelli at the new squad.

A bet­ter team spirit has seen Viñales’ re­sults im­prove

A strong third place saw smiles re­turn

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