Viñales is Perfect in America after Securing Maximum Points at COTA

April 14, 2024Ray Milton

Maverick Viñales scored the double in America this weekend after winning the sprint race yesterday and the grand prix earlier today to score maximum points for Aprilia Racing. Viñales put on a masterclass after an extremely poor start that saw him drop to P12 in the early stages of the US Grand Prix. After making multiple passes seemingly on every lap completed Viñales found himself lunging for the podium and eventually back into first place.

Additionally, with the win Vinales became the first MotoGP rider in history to win with three different manufacturers. “I made a lot of sacrifices to get here and it is all finally paying off,” he said. “This shows us that you can never give up. You must have faith in your own abilities and keep growing. This is a historic achievement and I knew from the first day I arrived with Aprilia that I would be able to accomplish it. I wish to thank everyone who gave me the strength to continue, the folks in Noale, my team, and my family”.

Pedro Acosta Solidified His Presence at Circuit of the Americas

In an equally brilliant performance. Pedro Acosta solidified his place in MotoGP as the rookie has now secured back to back weekends with a podium. Acosta finished P2 in the United States Grand Prix and did so with a sense of mastery typically seen by seasoned veterans of the sport. Acosta said, “What a race. It’s a long time since I enjoyed a race as much. You cannot imagine how fun I had passing the boys. I overtook them, they overtook me, I had to recover positions: it was super-nice. We learned a lot from Saturday and used it for Sunday and we have to be really happy about that.”

The rookie bested Enea Bastianini who benefited from Marc Marquez and his unfortunate DNF in the race to take third. Bastianini beat out the current championship leader Jorge Martin to the podium. However, Martin didn’t lose much ground as he scored good points in the sprint and grand prix allowing him to retain his lead into the next round by 21 points over Bastianini.