MotoGP, Vinales: I thought of Ducati, it really suits my riding style

"It can brake hard, a quality that the M1 lacks. Yamaha showed me the confidence I lacked, and I decided to stay."


A few months ago, more than one person in the paddock would have bet on a future in red for Maverick Vinales. He denied having signed with Yamaha for another two years, but the contacts between the Spanish rider and Ducati happened, and an agreement was possible and also close.

It was Maverick himself who confirmed this in an interview with, explaining how relations with the Japanese company seemed to have deteriorated. He hadn't felt supported enough, but then things changed.

"I have a trusting relationship with Yamaha, something I missed last year. They wanted to keep me 100%," he said."I'm happy I'll be able to be with them for another two years."

Ducati, however, was a great temptation.

"I thought of Ducati because I have a good relationship with their managers," Maverick said.

But there was also another important element that attracted him to Borgo Panigale.

They have a bike that would suit my riding style well " Vinales explained "I have often done laps behind the Desmosedici, both in the race and in tests, and I think it's a fairly complete bike. Above all, it can brake very late, but it can still stop to corner, a feature that Yamaha has lacked in recent years."

In the end, the Spanish rider decided to stick with the M1.

"I made this decision thinking about this season too. I don't want to be in races like in 2019 or 2018, and I didn't know if I could race at the same level knowing that I would leave Yamaha," he concluded.


Translated by Leila Myftija

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