Maverick Viñales looking for race victory and championship runner-up spot at Valencia
As the MotoGP circus arrives in Valencia for the final round of 2012, topping the standings for rookie of the year is Álex Rins in Moto3. The Repsol rider arrives at Cheste with a five-point advantage over Italian Romano Fenati. Maverick Viñales is looking for a tenth win in the World Championship, whilst Miguel Oliveira and Álex Márquez conclude a good season at one of the circuits on the calendar that they know best.
“We come to the last race of the year and we can take the runner-up spot. No doubt, that is the goal. We’ll play everything on one card and we do so at a track that I like and where I feel comfortable. The presence of the fans and the fans will spur me on, but it won’t be easy. The Ricardo Tormo circuit is quite twisty, so the chassis setup is very important for success. I am motivated and convinced that we can do a good job. We have a good chance of achieving our objectives.”
“I’m pretty motivated after the podium finish in Australia, because we know the line we have to follow. At that circuit I’ve been racing since the start of my career, I have had many good times there, so hopefully that will bring me luck. Technically it is a very difficult track and there is only one long straight where the engine can make a difference. Riding in Spain is almost like riding at home, so I want to please the fans, the team and the sponsors, and end the year in the best way possible.”
“The truth is that I am looking forward to this final race of the season, fighting for the rookie of the year honour with Romano Fenati. The Ricardo Tormo circuit is a track that I know well and where I’m pretty good. They have resurfaced it in recent months, so I’m sure that it has a lot more grip. It is an interesting track with all kinds of bends, and in the preseason test we went well there.”
“We come to the last race in Valencia, a circuit that we know and where we can do well. We’re fresh from getting a good result at Phillip Island, with a ninth place that has given us plenty of points. I approach the Valencia Grand Prix eager to work and to finish high up, to see if I can finish the season well. This weekend at the Ricardo Tormo circuit also serves as a practice for the CEV race, to be held the following week there.”
Source: Repsol Media