Maverick Vinales says it is a ‘big shame’ that his Movistar Yamaha team-mate Valentino Rossi will miss his home round of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend at Misano.

Rossi, who lives only 20 minutes away from the circuit in Tavullia, broke his leg in an endure training accident last Thursday in a massive blow to his championship hopes.

Vinales said: “Unfortunately we will arrive at the Misano Grand Prix without my team-mate Valentino and it’s a big shame. I know it’s a very special GP for him, as it’s his home race, and it will not be the same if he’s not there. I wish him a quick recovery and hope to have him back in the garage as soon as possible.”

After finishing second at Silverstone, Vinales is third in the standings, only 13 points behind Andrea Dovizioso and four adrift of Marc Marquez in second position. The young Spaniard has a good feeling with his M1 and Vinales is feeling in confident mood after testing at Misano a few weeks ago.

“We are very motivated after the podium at Silverstone, we’re working in the right direction again. I’m starting to have the same feeling on my M1 that I had at the beginning of the season and that gives me a lot of calm and allows me to focus on continuing to get points in each race,” he said.

“It’s very positive that we were able to give a good performance in the test at the Misano track some weeks ago and we improved a lot of things on the set-up, so I will try as always to give my 100 per-cent to bring a new victory to Yamaha.”


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He let a good opportunity of a win escape him in Silverstone. That is a track where he should have won, not Dovizioso on a Ducati that's never won in Silverstone before. Marc's engine blow up making him lose time is... too poor excuse imo. 

The good thing for Viñales is now Yamaha can focus entirely on him for the rest of the season.  He's the de facto number 1 Yamaha rider. Well earned I think.

I doubt Viñales is too upset considering it's his race to lose now that Vale is out. The Yamaha usually works extremely well at Misano and without Rossi's experience to challenge him I'd bet he's now the favorite for Sunday.  Would like to see Ducati's Double D's (Dovi and Danilo) do well also.  

at least the coverage will be about the race and not Rossi,hopefully

even more so - he'll show up at the track and you'd see nothing but yellow smoke. if he still has a cast on - be sure they will show it in slo-mo like they do with elbow drag on corners . lol 

Kidding right? I get BT Sport coverage, absolutely guarantee it'll be full of Suzi Perry mooning about in his absence talking about what could have been.

No matter who wins this year, I suspect everyone is going to say that they're only the champion because Rossi broke his leg.

Just wish people would give more credit to the riders for their own results, instead of always "it's only because..." - really grips my sh1t

I don't know why anyone other than a total fanboy would say that about the 4th-placed rider who's only won once this season. I was rooting for Vale because I like it when the old guys beat the young ones, but I would have been the first to admit that his chances had slipped tremendously before his broken bone.

Unfortunately whilst most of the fans are completely rational, there are a few fan-boys who declare year after year that "so-and-so only won because Rossi did or didn't do something" and their blindness gives all the other Rossi fans a bad name.  It started when Nicky won his title, and it's been conspiracy theories ever since.

Shame really

Lorenzo, Dovi, and dream podium for thr weekend....well, actually Aleix Espargaro instead of Dani!!