Strategy – Randy Mamola explains why the link between Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales is not going to last. Saturday afternoon at Mugello, in each photo of Valentino Rossi before, during and after the Q2, there was even Maverick Vinales. Tells Mamola. “This is not the first time that the two pilots help each other to do the best possible place on the grid. It happened in Argentina and in Le Mans.” At Mugello, Rossi went on the pole. So, the strategy has been successful. Maybe the pole position, according to Mamola, did “discover” it.
It is normal, according to Mamola, that people find it strange. Two pilots of different teams and nationalities have a common strategy. Then, if in six months will also be teammates at Yamaha, it is normal to see people they find this behavior reprehensible. According to Mamola, it is not a reprehensible strategy. However, the strategy told us that Valentino Rossi wants to keep winning. Even at 37 years. One thing to appreciate. “If there’s one thing I don’t like is the attitude of Vinales.” said Randy Mamola. “Not the qualifying strategy.” The improvement of the GSX-r has been enormous since last year and the Japanese team will do well in the search for a replacement who believes in the project and which can become a leader as it was Kevin Schwantz. In fact, Vinales seems too focused on Yamaha rather than Suzuki. A team that believes in him and wants to win.
The strategy returns in Barcelona
In Barcelona, Valentino and Maverick will get a chance to repeat this strategy in qualifying. They can convince even those who until now have believed it to be a coincidence. Also, it will be interesting to see what will turn this friendly relationship when in November the two pilots should share the same box. “If you think it is strong like Vinales, that friendship may have an end date of six months.” concluded Mamola.