Maverick Viñales has signed for Aprilia for next season, the team announced in an official statement this Monday. It thus ends a saga that began after the Dutch GP, in the last days of June, when Yamaha announced that its rider Maverick Viñales had requested to resign from the team at the end of the season, a year before his contract expired. . Since then, the relationship with the team has continued to deteriorate, reaching its lowest point a week ago. In the last laps of the Styrian GP, Viñales drove irregularly, forcing the machine, stretching the gears and trying to damage the engine as it passed revs, as he himself has acknowledged. The Japanese company suspended him for the Austrian GP and it is not known if he will race for them again for the remainder of the season with the relationship between the parties apparently broken despite the racer’s apologies.
In Aprilia, on the contrary, they are happy with the signing for the 2022 season, which will reunite Viñales with Aleix Espargaró, with whom he was a teammate on Suzuki during 2015 and 2016. Massima Rivola, Aprilia’s CEO, made it clear in the official statement. “Our project is enriched by the values of Maverick, a world champion who in MotoGP has become a top rider, at a time of great change for us: after having launched a completely renewed motorcycle and having found stability.”
Viñales’ new contract is considerably less than the one he had at Yamaha, he will charge about three million compared to the eight he entered with the Japanese team. However, the Catalan intends to keep his options open for the 2023 season, when the contracts of several of the current leading drivers expire. Even so, the contract also stipulates the possibility of extending the relationship between Aprilia and Viñales for another year.
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