Maverick Viñales: Willing to lead Aprilia to the top


Maverick Viñales speaks to colleagues from “The Race” about the differences between Japanese and Italian manufacturers. He also talks about his companions at Yamaha.

Before joining Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, Maverick Viñales drove in the MotoGP class exclusively for Japanese manufacturers. In 2015 and 2016 he fought for points for the Suzuki Ecstar team, then four and a half years for Yamaha. Vinales had to leave the factory team around the future world champion Fabio Quartararo because he is said to have tried willfully to destroy his motorcycle in Austria.

The Spaniard does not talk about the incident with his colleagues from “The Race”, but he still refers to his former companions: “I just want to say good words about them, because I have nothing bad to say. In the end you could see that the bike was on a great level. I’ve always said the bike is fantastic. ”

However, Viñales was not able to implement it enough. There were eight wins after his time at Yamaha. Sometimes he was unbeatable, other times he just drove behind or was even the last one. “We didn’t know exactly why we didn’t get the machine to work. I went crazy. In the end, this challenge wasn’t made for me, so I took on another real challenge. “

After a few weeks off, he joined Aprilia and scored a total of eleven points. The change was not easy for him, as Viñales explains: “An Italian team is very different from a Japanese one. To be honest, I’ve always had a good relationship with Japanese manufacturers because I love the food, the culture, the places, the way they are – calm, systematic. You adapt to that. But other than that, I needed a little more fire around me. A little more support on and off the track. After all, I want to show a lot, and that was difficult there in the end. “

It won’t be easy with a new employer either, because with Aleix Espargaró Viñales shares the box with an Aprilia insider. The Spanish compatriot took his first podium at Silverstone with the plant from Noale. Vinales says about the future: “Somehow I would like to experience this process of bringing a plant to the top again, as we did in the past at Suzuki. It’s a different challenge. But it’s one that motivates me. I want to be a champion, but I also want to do something special and not do what the others are doing. “

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