A worse epilogue, in the relationship between Yamaha And Maverick Vinales, it was practically impossible to imagine. A story, the one between the Spaniard and the Iwata manufacturer, which began with two consecutive victories in the first two races of the 2017 championship and which ended abruptly, in the space of a few days, with the concrete and sad possibility of an epilogue. additional through legal means. The total fracture is told in a plastic way by the traditional preview that Yamaha disseminates to the media before each Grand Prix.
Expected for yesterday, the document with the pre-race declarations of the drivers and team manager ‘Maio’ Meregalli arrived only today. What immediately catches the eye, however, more than what is written, is what is missing. In fact, there is no reference to Maverick Vinales, of any kind. Given the immediate split between the parties, it was conceivable that there were no statements from the Spaniard, but Yamaha makes no mention of the breakdown of the relationship. It is simply as if Vinales never existed. To summarize it all is the cover photo of the preview, with only Fabio Quartararo’s bike next to the presentation of the Austrian GP.
“Overall, we had a good last weekend – the words expressed by Meregalli – Fabio’s pace was very good in the dry and there aren’t too many things we need to work on for those conditions. But as always, we will try to optimize all areas with the use of the data we have analyzed, so as to try to be a little faster. We are ready to battle for the podium again. The weather forecasts for this weekend are better than the previous ones, but in the case of a wet session we will try to take advantage of it to improve performance “.
Total absence of thoughts on the teammate even for the championship leader, the transalpine Quartararo. “I was very happy after the last race because we know that Spielberg is not the easiest track for us. Being on the podium was really good for me and for the team. We know the competition is strong here, but I was driving perfectly. I learned a lot during the last race. When I was third, I saw that Johann was two seconds and a half behind me, so I was studying him. Race isn’t usually the best time to do it, but we drove a few different lines. I think I have learned something and we have good data for next week. We know what area we need to work on. I never expected to increase our lead in the league in Austria. Now let’s see what we can do this weekend “.
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