Viñales remains with Yamaha until 2022
Unsurprisingly, Maverick Viñales has just extended his contract as official Yamaha rider in MotoGP for the 2021 and 2022 seasons..
"Viñales has shown good driving quality, great motivation and good consistency for three years," recalls Yamaha, announcing the extension until 2022 of rider n ° 12, again the first to trigger the MotoGP transfer window as in 2018 !
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Third in the championship in 2017 for his first season with Yam ‘, the 25-year-old Spaniard then placed 4th in 2018 and then again third in 2019 with a total of six wins and 19 podiums in 55 race weekends. Fast but often undecided, the former Suzuki rider presents an essential quality for Yamaha: he is to date the only one to win the M1, his last success dating back to the Malaysian GP !
Sometimes critical of his employer and his bike, "Mack" had softened in the second part of the season after having obtained more consideration and advancement from Yamaha. The Iberian driver then achieved a good series of performances which allowed him to finish first driver of the brand, after having been dominated for a time in the standings by his teammate Rossi and the young Quartararo..
A pivotal season in MotoGP
The year 2020 will be a pivotal year for transfers to MotoGP since all the contracts of most of the top riders are due to expire: Maverick Viñales had not hidden contacts made with Ducati before reaffirming his desire to continue with Yamaha. It remains to be seen with whom he will play in the coming seasons, as Quartararo is strongly tipped to replace Rossi.
"Maverick is all about being physically strong and he’s always ready to give his all to get the most out of his YZR-M1," said Lin Jarvis, Executive Director of Yamaha Motor Racing. “Now that the YZR-M1 gets better with every race, we see a bright future for him at Yamaha. His decision to stay two more years shows the strength of our bond and underscores our shared belief that we can fight together. for the title of MotoGP world champion ".
"I’m very happy because I feel like I’m staying with my own team," said Maverick Viñales. "I think that if we continue to work a lot we will go in the right direction. For me it was very important to make this announcement before the start of the season because I am extremely motivated and I want to be able to fully focus on the 2020 season. without wasting time thinking about the future. There was no reason not to stay with Yamaha, it’s like my family ".
See you on February 6 for the first MotoGP 2020 test in Sepang (Malaysia), where Yamaha is expected to release a new starting aid device inspired by the "holeshot device" discovered last year on the Ducati and then the Aprilia. Remember that this system inspired by off-road consists of blocking the front or rear suspension mechanically – electronic interventions are prohibited on MotoGP damping – in order to lower the center of gravity of the motorcycle to increase its support on the ground..
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