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MotoGP, Vinales: Yamaha? a weight has been lifted from my shoulders

"Suzuki understood my decision: I didn't do it for the money, with the M1 I'll be able to battle for the title from the first race"

Vinales: Yamaha? a weight has been lifted from my shoulders

A great weight has been lifted from my shoulders”, Maverick Vinales smiles now that he has decided his future. The Spaniard gave it a lot of thought, “I considered the positive and negative points and the former outweighed the latter.” After the Le Mans race he pulled out the stops and said yes to Yamaha.

It was what I had to do, I put a lot of thought into it because I have great respect for Suzuki”, he says.

What made you decide?
With Yamaha I'll have the opportunity to battle for the World Championship from the first race, that's important.

And you'll share the garage with Rossi…
Valentino has won a lot and I would like to learn his work method from him.

You had said that if you abandoned Suzuki you would have wept…
In fact, it wasn't easy to go to Davide Brivio and tell him my decision. The team also understood. They know that I didn't leave for money but because I had to do it.

Even Jarvis said that the only thing you care about is winning…
I think that the title is every rider's goal. It isn't easy but I want to try.”

Is winning a race with Suzuki possible?
For the moment we are still far from that goal, but if we work hard we can do it.”

Who do you think will come alongside Iannone on the GSX-RR?
“To be honest, I thought that Aleix would be the first to sign, but it was Andrea that did it instead. With Espargarò it would be a nice team, but it would be the same even if Rins were to arrive.

Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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