Viñales secures Rookie of the Year title with yet another podium at Motorland
Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team rider Maverick Viñales achieved a fantastic result today as he managed to climb up to the third step of the podium, becoming Rookie of the year and widening the gap between him and Cortese by seven points in the battle for the third position in the world championship. Maverick made an extremely fast start to the race and managed to get the fastest lap on lap 4, but a rear tyre that wore down too fast prevented him from battling for a win and he dropped down to the fourth position before Faubel crashed out on the final lap as he was battling with Zarco.
For his part Josep Rodriguez was forced to retire although he was within the points at a pace which could have obviously taken him even further up in the ranking. In spite of his drop-out Josep definitely completed a very positive weekend in his debut within the Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing Team.
25 MAVERICK VIÑALES (3º, +18.929): “Yet another podium at home – that’s fantastic. The truth is we had the pace and the speed to think about a win but the rear tyre has a will of his own and decided something else. We rode really fast throughout the early stage of the race – we even got the fastest lap – but after five or six laps I noticed we were about to experience a few problems. The bike started to skid a lot and it was just impossible to maintain the pace. I managed to hold the fourth position and thanks to Faubel crashing out on the final lap I reached the podium. It’s a matter of luck sometimes…I am very happy with this result anyway as we have widened on the gap between us and Cortese and managed to become rookie of the year. We are in third position now and even if Terol is still seemingly going unchallenged for a win we will keep on working hard until the end of the year without throwing in the towel. I’d like to dedicate this podium to my dad – today is his birthday – to the team and to everybody who has been supporting so far.”
28 JOSEP RODRÍGUEZ: “I didn’t make a good start but I quickly managed to scrape my way up. The sure thing is that I was really feeling at ease in spite of the wind and I thought I had my chances to get a good result. All of a sudden the motorbike began to slow down until I had no other choice than retiring from the race. It’s a pity because I was within the points and I quite seriously thought I could have gone even further up. But I am happy with the weekend overall as I think I did work well”.
Source: Team BQR