Following a two-week break, Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP look forward to commencing this weekend’s Gran Premio di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini, which the team and Valentino Rossi consider their home race.
Maverick Viñales is determined to put his mark on the upcoming two rounds at the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli. He enjoys this track and is feeling positive that he can make some strides in the championship standings, which currently see him in fifth place, 22 points from first.
The Spaniard’s goal is to make a visit to the San Marino rostrum again. He stood there twice before: when he scored a second place in the Moto3 class in 2013 and a third place in the MotoGP class last year.
The San Marino races are always special to Rossi. He grew up very close to the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, in Tavullia. It therefore pleases him that this weekend will be the first 2020 MotoGP race with some spectators allowed to watch from the grandstands, and they will surely be cheering on the local hero.
Previously The Doctor stood on the San Marino premier class podium six times, scoring three MotoGP victories, in 2008, 2009 and 2014, two second places in 2012 and 2016, and a third place in 2010. Should he land a place on the rostrum this Sunday, it will be his 200th premier class podium, and it would help him improve on his current 7th place in the rankings, 25 points from the top.
The Misano circuit, constructed in 1972, was a regular venue for Italian Grands Prix throughout the 80s and early 90s. The 4.2km track is ridden clockwise, since a radical renovation was done to meet MotoGP's safety regulations in 2007 that put the circuit back on the MotoGP calendar. The upgrade also included a new chicane, resulting in the current lay-out of six left and ten right corners and giving the track increased racing excitement.
During the San Marino GP, Marelli will again have their logo featured proudly on the front cowl of both Viñales' and Rossi’s M1s, as it is also a 'Home GP' for this partly Italy-based Official Technical Partner.
Moreover, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team is delighted to support the fifth edition of the KiSS Misano (KiSS stands for Keep it Shiny & Sunstainable) programme. With only a small number of fans allowed to visit the grandstand areas of the track this year, the 2020 KiSS Misano action plan has been revised and downsized compared to previous editions. This year's initiatives include waste management at the track (including PPI products used as Covid-19 prevention measures), as well as a communication plan to raise awareness on sustainability and Covid-19 prevention best practices in motorsports through the KiSS Misano social media channels.
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