Massimo Meregalli is delighted to have the chance to attack again with Maverick Viñales and Valentino Rossi. The Yamaha team manager emphasizes. “It’s very strenuous to drive on a course like Aragón’s injured.” The Yamaha team is delighted to announce Valentino Rossi’s sensational news that they will be returning to their Yamaha YZR-M1 at the 14th WRC round in Aragón. If the nine-time champion receives the necessary clearance from the track physician in Aragón, he will be back in the saddle only 22 days after his enduro accident, in which he suffered a fracture of the shins and fibula.
Meregalli is looking forward to seeing Valentino in Aragón again
Team manager Massimo Meregalli cheers: “First of all, the whole team is looking forward to seeing Valentino in Aragón again! It’s an exceptional World Championship round for us because we share the title sponsor of this race. All the happier we are that we may be able to contest the race weekend at full strength. It will only show whether Valentino feels able to do it all weekend long,” warns the Italian. “This is very strenuous, especially on a course like Aragón, where things are going up and down. If Valentino finds out that driving’s causing him too much pain, Michael van der Mark will be available as a replacement.”
And Meregalli promises: “If it should happen that Michael has to step in for Valentino, the team will do everything it can to help him get used to the YZR-M1 as soon as possible. He couldn’t test the bike before so that it would be an exciting and interesting weekend for him.” Looking at the other side of the pit where Maverick Viñales is sitting, the team leader explains:“We’re busy with the title fight. Maverick is 16 points behind the leading duo in the World Championship standings, five races before the end of the season. We’ll go to the weekend as motivated as ever and will try to reduce the gap to the front runners with another top result. He likes this track, and since it’s also his home race, he will do everything he can to live up to his status as the title favorite.”
Maverick Vinales says: “I’m looking forward to Aragón because for us it’s like a second home race. We also know that we can achieve good performance on this track with the M1. It’s one of my favorite courses because the routing allows us to be very fast. We are now 16 points behind in the World Championship. So, we have to close this gap to the front runners as soon as possible. That is why it is essential to exert pressure. I am sure that we are in a position to do so. In Misano, we have taken a big step forward, and I am convinced that we will be able to make substantial progress this weekend as well. It is now critical to stay focused.”