Petronas can still fight for championship, says Razlan


PETALING JAYA: Petronas Yamaha Sepang Racing Team principal Datuk Razlan Razali believes they are still a strong contender for the championship going into the second half of the MotoGP season.

It has been an incredibly open battle for the title with Spaniard Maverick Vinales becoming the sixth different winner after seven races with his triumph at Misano on Sunday.

Despite this, the Malaysian team are still leading the constructors’ standings while rider Fabio Quartararo is only one point behind leader Andrea Dovizioso after finishing fourth on Sunday.

Teammate Franco Morbidelli, winner at the same track two weeks ago, is fifth with 64 points.

“Not the kind of results we expected after a great race at Misano last time. We’re disappointed but there are positives. Clearly we are disappointed with the long lap penalty that was given to Fabio (on the penultimate lap) but it is what it is.

“We have to accept the fourth position and that we are still second in the championship.

“Franco recovered well after the lap one incident to finish ninth in the race and fifth in the championship.

“We’re happy with this, we just need to do better next weekend and maintain consistency. There are still seven races to go in which we can fight for the championship,” he said.

The championship resumes with the Catalunya Grand Prix in Spain this weekend.

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