MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP STATEMENT
Spielberg (Austria), 12th August 2021
Yamaha regrets to announce that Maverick Viñales‘ entry to this weekend‘s Austrian MotoGP event has been withdrawn by the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team.
The absence follows the suspension of the rider by Yamaha due to the unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend‘s Styria MotoGP race.
Yamaha‘s decision follows an in-depth analysis of telemetry and data over the last days.
Yamaha‘s conclusion is that the rider‘s actions could have potentially caused significant damage to the engine of his YZR-M1 bike which could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP race.
The rider will not be replaced at the Austrian GP.
Decisions regarding the future races will be taken after a more detailed analysis of the situation and further discussions between Yamaha and the rider.
More, from another press release issued by Monster Energy Yamaha:
MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA MOTOGP READY FOR SECOND ROUND IN SPIELBERG
Spielberg (Austria), 12th August 2021
The Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team will be tackling the Spielberg circuit once more this weekend, for Round 11 of the 2021 MotoGP World Championship.
Following a very encouraging third place in last week‘s Grand Prix of Styria, the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team return to the Spielberg circuit this week for the Motorrad Grand Prix von Österreich.
Fabio Quartararo graced the podium at the Styrian GP and the ’good taste‘ of it left him wanting more. The third place result made the Frenchman even more happy because it increased his lead in the championship to 40 points, though he is fully aware that the season is long.
Satisfied with his dry set-up from last weekend, El Diablo is looking to make only a few improvements to his bike for the next head-to-head. He feels that, with the race data added, he and his crew will be able to make further steps and add another Spielberg podium to his tally. His best premier class results in Austria are the two third places he obtained in 2019 and in last week‘s race.
The Spielberg circuit was constructed in 1969 and was rebuilt in 1996 to the track‘s current lay-out. It hosted two Austrian GPs in the 90s and staged its return to MotoGP Grand Prix racing after nineteen years in 2016. It has been a fixture on the MotoGP calendar since. The track has a special character, with only ten turns in total (three left and seven right) and multiple long straights, the longest measuring 626m. The circuit’s design puts the emphasis on top speed, acceleration and braking stability, offering the riders plenty of opportunities to fully open the throttle.
Overall, we had a pretty good race weekend last time out. Fabio‘s pace was very good in the dry and there are actually not too many things we need to work on for those conditions. But as always, we will try to optimise all the areas of improvement with the use of the data we‘ve analysed, so that we can try to be a bit faster and are ready to challenge for the podium again. The weather forecasts for this weekend are better than for the previous one, but in case of a wet session we will try to make the most of it to improve the performance.
I was so happy after the last race because we know that Spielberg is not the easiest track for us. To be on the podium was actually nice for me and the team. We know the competition is strong here, but I was riding in a perfect way. I actually learned a lot during the last race. When I was in P3, I saw that Johann was 2.5s behind me, so I was trying new things. Usually, the race is not the best time to do that, but I was riding some different lines. I think I learned something, and we have good data for the upcoming week. We know what area we need to work on, and we‘ll see. But to increase our championship lead in Austria, I never expected that before we came here. Now let‘s see what we can do this weekend.