Repsol boys out to continue good performance, Vinales eager to make amends
The Indianapolis Grand Prix concluded just a few days ago, but the World Championship keeps its momentum going with a long trip to Europe for the Czech Republic Grand Prix. Maverick Viñales will be very motivated, looking to make amends for the end result at Indianapolis. He crashed out of the fight for victory with just two corners to go at The Brickyard. He lies second in the overall standings. More positive was the performance of Miguel Oliveira who, alongside Álex Rins, made a positive return to racing after the holidays. With them at Brno will be Álex Márquez, who like Rins will go to a another new track to further his GP experience.
Maverick Viñales “The result at Indianapolis was certainly not good, but we must continue to work as usual, thinking positive. There is still a long way to go in the championship and we’ll give everything that we have. The Brno circuit is not particularly suited to my riding style, but I don’t dislike it. It’s a nice track, with steep slopes and a very technical downhill area. The finish line comes after a sharp climb in which you need a good engine, so we have to be vigilant about that. It is sure to be a tough race, but I am convinced that we will be in the fight for the podium”.
Miguel Oliveira “I’m going straight to Brno without going home, as there are two races in a row, the best way to return from a break. It’s a circuit I like very much, which I rode at for the first time last year and the truth is that I had a good feeling there. It’s smooth and fast, so I hope to be able to work hard, right from the start. We have recovered much confidence after the fourth place at Indy —it seems that the holiday was good for us”.
Álex Rins “I’m looking forward to learning this circuit. I’ve never ridden at Brno, but it looks very spectacular. I was left wanting in my quest to get a good result at Indianapolis. The race start was perfect, but then we lacked a little something to be part of the lead group. Going directly to the Czech Republic is something that I hope will lead to improvements. The team and I are focused on taking another step forward”.
Álex Márquez “Racing in Brno after what happened on Sunday is very positive —we can put things behind us as soon as possible. At Indy I felt good on my debut with the team, but I did not cap that off with a good qualifying session. Now we go to another unfamiliar track and the main goal will be to keep gaining experience for the future”.
Source: Repsol Media Press Release