The largest motorcycle factory, Yamaha , finally had announced the signing of Maverick Viñales to ride for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team for 2017 and 2018 seasons.
Viñales, who is presently fifth in the MotoGP™ Championship standings, will be the partner of the World Champion Valentino Rossi, whose contract renewal was already announced in March this year.
Maverick Viñales, born in Figueres (Spain) on 12th January 1995, made his World Championship debut in 2011 in the 125cc Class. His racing career highlights include the victory of the Moto3™ World Championship in 2013 as well as three ’Rookie of the Year‘ awards in 2011 (125cc), 2014 (Moto2™) and 2015 (MotoGP™).
There are many others movements, between pilots and manufactures. This one in particular was expected since the COTA – Red Bull Gran Prix Of Americas, last August. There were many speculations surrounding his name. But also, there were some others arrangements to be done.
But right now, a few weeks from Muggelo’s race, the pilot announcing his much anticipated move to the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team just hours before the press conference, and he says:
“Finally I decided to move, to go to Yamaha factory and I think it’s a really important part of my career because I will grow up a lot. Finally I am really grateful to Suzuki because they trust me a lot and try to give me the best bike they can. They’ve done a great job.”
And about his spectacular race is Spain, Maverick Viñales says:
“I can still feel the emotions of 10 days ago in France, the first podium both for me and Suzuki was unbelievable and gave me even more motivation. The weekend hadn’t been easy at all, we struggled to find a good balance and efficiency, but finally with my crew, we found a new set-up for Sunday that allowed me to find some more confidence. It’s a good feeling, we keep on progressing day after day and this is a good reassurance. Of course we still need to work hard, we have so much potential to be exploited and we must stay focused. Mugello is a very nice track, so fast and technical, it should suit our characteristics. We have seen that by working hard we can fight and be close to the top; and this is still our objective.”