Monster Energy Yamaha Prep for Competitive Phillip Island Race Weekend
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team have arrived in Australia for Round 17 of the 2019 MotoGP World Championship. Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi have only just wrapped up the Japanese GP, but they are already thinking ahead to the race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, a track both riders adore.
Viñales arrives at the coastline track with a positive mindset. Last Sunday‘s fourth place saw him equal Álex Rins in points for third place in the championship standings. As ranking third is the Yamaha man‘s goal, and Phillip Island is one of his favourite circuits, the number-12 rider is raring to get to work preparing for the Australian GP.
The Spaniard‘s fondness for the Phillip Island track shows in his scores. He stood on the podium there five times prior. He scored a Moto3 second place in 2013, secured a Moto2 win the year after, celebrated two third places in the premier class in 2016 and 2017, and he added a faultless win to his résumé last year.
Eager to leave the disappointing Japanese GP behind him, Rossi looks forward to fight at the front of the field this week. He is seventh in the overall rider rankings but is keen to add solid points to his tally on Sunday at the iconic track, where he holds a formidable record.
The Doctor has secured numerous trophies at the Australian circuit and his experience will certainly come in handy during this weekend‘s battle. He raced to victory in the 250cc class in 1998 and 1999. In the premier class the nine-time World Champion won here consecutively from 2001 until 2005 and scored an additional victory in 2014. He claimed second place in 2008, 2009, 2016, 2017, and took third places in 2000, 2006, 2007, 2010, and 2013.
Phillip Island hosted its first motorcycle race in 1931. In 1956 a permanently constructed circuit continued to host motorcycle Grand Prix events until it fell into disrepair during the late 70s and early 80s. After extensive renovation, the circuit made an intermediate comeback in MotoGP from 1989 until 1990, to become a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. Thanks to its terrific location, right next to the ocean, and its flowing 4.4km lay-out, featuring seven left and five right corners, and a 900m longest straight, the Phillip Island track is loved by fans and MotoGP riders alike.
For those who want to get to know the Phillip Island track better, check out Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP eSport Rider Lorenzo Daretti‘s eLap.
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team
“Overall, we had a positive race weekend in Japan, but unfortunately it wasn't quite enough to be on the podium. Now we are in Australia. I really like the Phillip Island track. I have many great memories of that circuit, and one of them is last year‘s race, when I won the Australian GP, which is very motivating. The team was working very hard, so we'll try to be strong again this year and once more fight at the front.”
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team
“In the last few races we have not been fast enough, but we are working hard. We headed to Australia for the race at the Phillip Island circuit, a track that I like a lot, and I hope I can have a good race. We have to work hard to be competitive right away. We will do our best!”
Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
“After the Motegi race last weekend, we travelled straight to Australia. Phillip Island is a special track with a beautiful scenery, completely different from all the other tracks where we race. Our riders both really enjoy riding here too because of the circuit‘s flowing lay-out. Last year, Maverick and Vale were actively involved in an amazing fight for the victory there, which was ultimately won by Maverick. With the 2018 Phillip Island race still fresh in our memory, we are determined to join the battle at the front again this weekend. We saw in Japan that there‘s work to do, so we will push to make further steps and will work hard from the very start of the first session to find a comfortable and competitive bike setting for our riders.”