Viñales makes stunning comeback after starting from back of the field
The Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team riders were not very lucky today at the GP of Japan. While Josep Rodríguez was forced to drop out of the race after colliding with Luis Salom on the first lap Maverick Viñales made a remarkable recovery from the back up to the fourth position. Starting from the back of the field after failing to complete the sighting lap due to a broken chain the Catalan rider had been scraping his way up really quickly and was always keeping up with the lead pack in terms of pace. Viñales reached the fourteenth position on lap 2, then the tenth on lap 4 and caught up with the lead pack battling for the fourth position on lap 12. He had passed them all only two laps later and eventually finished in fourth position. He earned 13 points today which maintains him on the third position of the world championship with 190 points.
25 MAVERICK VIÑALES (4º, +16.191): “That was a pity because I only would have needed another two laps to catch up with Héctor Faubel. I am very happy with the great recovery we made but also disappointed because if I hadn’t broken the chain I think we’d have had serious chances to win. At least we got over the GP of Aragón and here we managed to ride at a constantly high pace throughout the race. In short I am very happy with the job done by the whole team this weekend and now it’s time to work hard before the next round in Australia.”
28 JOSEP RODRÍGUEZ (DNF): “I made a very good start and all of a sudden Luis Salom hit me from the back in a bend on the left and we both crashed. He got a bit carried away in his manoeuvre and even if I managed to kick back into the race my motorbike was flooded with fuel and it would just stop in the stretches so I finally had to make my way to the box. The only thing to do now is to get over what happened today and focus on the next round.”
Source: Team BQR