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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