Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi are impatient to get back aboard their YZR-M1s again at the Circuito de Jerez-Ángel Nieto to compete in the second round of the 2020 MotoGP World Championship.
Viñales had a great Spanish GP overall. His blistering pace was matching the heat at the Jerez track all weekend and saw him secure his first front row start and podium (a second place) of the 2020 season. However, the Spaniard is ever the perfectionist and can’t wait to further tweak the settings of his YZR-M1 in order to gun for a top position again. The number-12 rider aims to revisit the Andalusian podium once more this weekend and add to his list of successes here: his second place from last week, a third-place MotoGP finish last year, and his Moto3 win in 2013.
Rossi is passionate about making a strong comeback this weekend. The Italian had the setback of scoring an NC result last Sunday due to a technical issue. This week he wants to make up for the lost points, work on the rear grip issue that held him back last weekend, and delight his fans with some thrilling racing action. If anyone knows how to do that it’s The Doctor. He has stood on the top step of the Jerez rostrum seven times in total (in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2016), secured two second places (in 2008 and 2014), and achieved three third places (in 2000, 2010 and 2015) in the premier class alone. He was also successful here in the lower classes, securing a 125cc and 250cc win in 1997 and 1999 respectively, and a 250cc second place in 1998.
For the Andalusian GP, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP bikes will again be sporting a special sticker on the front cowl. This time, Official Regional Sponsor Pont Grup will be proudly featured on Maverick Viñales’ and Valentino Rossi’s YZR-M1s, as they strive for greatness once more in Jerez.
The Circuito de Jerez was built in 1986 and has been one of the most popular MotoGP events of the season ever since. It is blessed with good weather, beautiful scenery, fast corners, and hard braking areas, a package which delivered some exciting racing action last weekend and promises to do so again this time round.