“Yamaha Motor Co. has today confirmed Maverick Viñales as one of the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP riders for the 2021 and 2022 seasons,” begins the official press release that confirms that Viñales will be remaining in the Yamaha MotoGP team for the next two years. The Spaniard is thus the first rider to confirm where he will be racing for the future seeing as most of the top MotoGP contracts will expire in 2020. The news that Viñales has renewed with Yamaha comes as a bit of a surprise seeing as he had been linked with a possible ride with Ducati.
“We brought Maverick into the Factory team in 2017, knowing he is a special talent” said Lin Jarvis. “He is highly motivated and dedicates himself to being physically strong and is always ready to give his maximum and extract the best from his YZR-M1. In his first three seasons with us, he has given Yamaha 6 wins, 19 podiums, and 100% of his commitment. Now, as the YZR-M1 is improving race by race, we foresee a very bright future for him at Yamaha. Maverick’s decision to sign with the Yamaha Factory Racing MotoGP Team for two further years so early shows the strength of our mutual appreciation and underlines the shared conviction that together we can challenge for the MotoGP World Championship Title."
Viñales will therefore continue his experience in Yamaha also in 2021-2022, with the knowledge that he can now aim for the most prestigious prize of all with the M1.
“I’m extremely happy because I feel like I get to keep ‘my own team’” declared Viñales. “This will be the second year with my current crew, and after this I have two more years to look forward to. I’m so excited! I think that if we keep working really hard, we are heading the right way. For me, it was very important to make this announcement before the season started, because I’m highly motivated and want to be able to fully concentrate on the 2020 season. I don’t want to spend too much time thinking about the future. There were no reasons not to stay with Yamaha, because they feel like family. Yamaha is giving me a lot of support and, as I said, I have ‘my own team’, which is something I really need. We need to keep working and be very strong. Our main objective is, as always, to be World Champion and try to bring Yamaha the number one honour again. I will try my best. For sure, I will give everything I have to make our team proud too. I would like to say ‘Thank you’ to Yamaha for their faith in me. They are giving me a lot of confidence, and I really have trust in our partnership. I think we will both be growing very fast and we will keep pushing.”