I lost one second (behind Maverick Vinales and Alex Rins) and that just stopped me being there with Marc (Marquez) and Jorge (Lorenzo), but that's the
Position: 3rd – Time: 1'31.950 – Laps: 8
"It's nice to be back and have the chance
. The road is long and there is a lot of work, but this afternoon I feel something better and also Maverick said the same thing so it is positive."
For Viñales, it was more about his general level of comfort
Ramon Forcada, currently crew chief to Maverick Viñales, will join the Petronas SIC Yamaha team to work as crew chief to Franco Morbidelli. The crew for
earlier comments in the video explain some of the issues faced by Factory Yamaha reflected by the poor performance of Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi (which led to an extraordinary apology from a Yamaha engineer). Here is the video:
Position: 10th – Time: 1'24.835 – Laps: 27
"Especially the morning was difficult, we had some problems, but
Teammate Maverick Viñales pretty much agreed with all of that. "We are still struggling with acceleration and at this track we
A crash in which he also took out Maverick Viñales, who also suffered a minor shoulder injury, and decided not to test.
Given the massive tension in Viñ
the season started that the competition would be way closer than it has been, and that because other riders – Dovi, Maverick Viñales, Alex Rins – would be scarfing more points than usual, the ultimate winner would have fewer points available to