Maverick will not ride the Yamaha again this year

The Iwata factory announces the end of the relationship with the Catalan with immediate effect after taking him off the bike for his attitude at the Styrian GP.


The rift between Maverick Viñales and Yamaha has been getting worse over the weeks to the point of ending in the worst possible way. Like a paper that breaks a little until it separates completely and there is no way to stick it even with tape. Each part by its side. They already confirmed that it would be like that at the end of this year, but after the driver's behavior at the Styrian GP, events have precipitated and the Catalan will no longer race with the M1 for the remainder of the season. Their relationship ends here.

This was announced by the Iwata factory on Friday morning with a statement in which it used the words "with immediate effect" to put an end to a situation that was unsustainable. With the pilot punished without competing in the previous race at the Red Bull Ring that closed the Austrian double, and once it was known that he was not going to do it in the next one at Silverstone, there was no possible reversal in their relationship and they have thrown for the cutting. The next time Maverick competes in MotoGP it will then be with Aprilia, his new team, in 2022.

Lin Jarvis, CEO of Yamaha, explains how this precipitous end has been reached in which the Japanese line-up has been forced to renounce what was agreed with the rider at the time his divorce was known: "We promised to continue until the end of the season sadly at the Styrian GP the race did not go well or did not end well and consequently, after deep consideration by both parties, a mutual decision was made that it would be better for both parties if we ended the association earlier ".

"The early separation will free up the driver to follow his chosen future direction and will also allow the team to focus its efforts on the remaining races of 2021 with a replacement driver yet to be determined (Crutchlow is confirmed for Silverstone)," adds Jarvis, who, however, does not forget all that Mack has done and says goodbye to him with good words: "I would like to express Yamaha's sincere thanks to Maverick. Yamaha will continue to appreciate the good memories and the work that both parties did together in these four years and a half. We wish him all the best. ""I will look at the past with pride"

The statement also includes statements by Viñales in which he gives a speech identical to the one presented by his former boss, to then assure that he is "deeply grateful to Yamaha." "They gave me their support during these years of racing, I will look back with pride at the results we achieved together. I will always have great respect for Yamaha and I wish them the best," says the Catalan after playing together 79 great prizes in which they achieved eight wins and 24 podiums.

The account stops there, it was useless for Maverick to apologize to the tuning fork brand for his attitude after the race in Styria, when he over-revved the engine of the M1 due to a frustration that he was unable to control and that it was coming from afar. Despite starting with a victory in Qatar, the problems of the Spaniard would soon arrive to find the performance with his motorcycle, which led him first to resignation and then to agree to his departure from Yamaha, which was known in Assen and ends now. You can only look to the future now, Aprilia.

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