3rd row start for Maverick Viñales in Argentina
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP’s Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi qualified in 9th and 11th position on the grid for tomorrow’s Gran Premio de la República Argentina.
Viñales didn‘t waste any time to commence the 15-minute shoot-out. He was fast to leave the team‘s pit box as he had planned on making a firm challenge for the front rows. However, it soon became clear that the mixed track conditions caused him to struggle to find grip, putting a damper on his time-attack efforts.
Opting for staying out on wet tyres throughout Q2, the Spaniard completed eight laps in total. His best time was set on his very last try, when he posted a 1’49.044s for ninth place, 1.891s from first.
Today’s qualifying results will see Viñales and Rossi start tomorrow‘s race from the third and fourth row of the grid. Tomorrow the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP teammates will continue the action at 10:40 – 11:00 (local track time, GMT-3) in the morning warm-up session, followed by the race at 15:00.
“Today was difficult. We always suffer in the wet and at the moment we are not on the same level as our main rivals. We have to keep working on the bike’s set-up and keep improving in the wet. We have work to do during this season, in order to be strong – but I know we can improve a lot, so we will just continue to work on improving the grip level, to be more competitive, and we’ll see tomorrow. We’ll hope for a dry race, that would suit us much better.”