Viñales: Yamaha “throwing away” title chance

On Saturday at the Gran Premio de Europa, it was confirmed that Yamaha have been forced to exceed Maverick Viñales’ (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) 2020 engine allocation and unseal a sixth motor for the MotoGP™ title contender, seeing him being handed a pitlane start for Sunday’s race. “The problem is that in Jerez they understood the problem after we close the third engine,” began Viñales in his Friday debrief. “Because if not I would still have had four engines, one more, our problem was to put a new engine for the first race. From Aragon I’m running out of engines, so we were managing the best we can and in the second race I only had one engine with a lot of mileage. “We’ve done the whole season with two engines, we’ve managed the best we can. Viñales was asked if he knew from the beginning that Yamaha had broken the rules with the engine openings.

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