Maverick Viñales (Aprilia): Back in the saddle again

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Maverick Viñales has a lot to make up for after the preseason. The pilot is about to start his first full season with Aprilia and is busy testing an RSV4 in Valencia – with the family in tow.

Maverick Viñales leaves nothing to chance before his first full season at Aprilia. But: There are certainly quieter ways to bridge the time between Christmas and New Year. The Spaniard, who was initially suspended by Yamaha in the 2020 season and later released, is attacking.

While many competitors leave their motorcycles in the garage or are out and about on motocross machines, Viñales is already feeling its way back in Valencia. He was on an RSV4 that week. Since the racing machines are not allowed to be in use outside of the official IRTA test days, the World Championship tenth on a road machine is about the Ricardo Tormo Circuit.

Viñales’ family is also there. After the units on the course, the 26-year-old pilot from Figueres wrote on his Instagram channel about a picture with him, his daughter Nina and his wife Raquel: «Is there anything better than motorcycles and the family? I enjoyed driving the machine. “

He made it clear again and again that Viñales feels comfortable at Aprilia. Among other things, he said shortly after his move: “I’ve never been so happy.”

Team-mate Aleix Espargaró is hoping for a second strong man at the Noale plant: “We both agree that there is not much missing from the motorcycle. We are working on it and we know that we only have to improve small things. When Maverick joined us, I said I wanted to beat him in every session. I know it’s a big job, but I want to try. At the same time we work together on the development. “

Viñales himself does not yet expect the really big increases. He was cautious after the test drives: “We have collected a lot of information. It is too early to give an answer as to what is possible. We have to wait for the tests in Sepang. It doesn’t feel like it’s my motorcycle yet. I need more time and have to complete more laps. “

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