The Spanish Maverick Vinales and equipment Yamaha de a MotoGP have broken by mutual agreement and in advance and definitively the contract that bound them until the end of the current one Motorcycle World Championship.
“Yamaha and Maverick Vinales finalize the 2021 agreement with immediate effect. Yamaha and Maverick Viñales have mutually agreed to move forward with their separation and to end their previous 2021 agreement with immediate effect "announced the Japanese brand.
After the Dutch GP, on June 28, it was made official that Viñales would not continue at Yamaha in the 2022 World Championship, but that the current championship would end. However, after what happened in the Styrian GP, with the brand complaining about Viñales' driving and attitude and temporarily separating him from the team, they have finally chosen to end their relationship.
"Following the recent events at the Styrian GP and after deep consideration by both parties, a mutual decision was made to part ways with immediate effect," Yamaha explained.
“At Assen, a mutual decision to shorten the contract at the end of 2021 was announced. Both the driver and the team committed to continue until the end of the current season, with the team guaranteeing their full support and the driver doing their best to finish 'in style'. Unfortunately, at the Styrian GP the race did not go well and consequently a mutual decision was made that it was better for both parties to end the partnership earlier. ", he assured Lynn Jarvis, team-manager of the team.
For his part, Viñales reiterated that what happened in Styria, with his punishment, was the last straw: “Following our mutual decision at Assen to separate a year earlier, we also decided to commit ourselves to completing the current season with the utmost effort from both parties. However, at the Styrian GP the race did not turn out as we expected and, unfortunately, it did not end well ”.
After careful consideration, both parties agreed that it would be best to terminate the partnership with immediate effect. I am deeply grateful to Yamaha for the great opportunity. I am also grateful for the support you have given me during these four and a half years of racing and will look back with pride at the results we achieved together. ” commented the Catalan, who in 2022 will pilot the Aprilia and he will be a companion of his compatriot Aleix Espargaró, with whom he agreed on Suzuki.
At least for the next Grand Prix of Great Britain, Viñales' position at Yamaha will be filled by the English Cal Crutchlow.