Rossi, Vinales look to make moves

Valentino Rossi smile Phillip Island 2017

The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team is looking forward to an action-packed race at the Michelin® Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix 2018, where Valentino Rossi and Maverick Vinales aspire to feature at the front of the pack.

Currently third place in the championship standings, Rossi is aiming to bridge the nine-point margin to second at one of his most successful circuits on the MotoGP calendar.

The nine-time World Champion has won at Phillip Island eight times, reaching the podium 17 times out of 21 appearances.

“I like the Australian GP, I'm always very happy to come here. I like the place and the Phillip Island circuit,” Rossi said.

“We did a nice race last year, I arrived second and Maverick third. We will try to do a positive race also this year, but the Australian GP is a bit particular.

“The track is unlike any other circuit. We will do our best, as always.”

Vinales also arrives at Phillip Island full of energy as it is one of his favourite rounds.

Currently in fourth position in the rankings, Vinales aims to keep fighting to enter the top three.

"It's time to focus on Australia," he said.

"Phillip Island is one of my favourite tracks. I like its layout a lot, and I love being there, it's amazing."

The Spaniard's excitement about coming to Australia is backed up by statistics - he's stood on the podium four times prior.

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