“It is with great pleasure that Aprilia welcomes Maverick Viñales to the Aprilia Racing factory team.” This is how the team's official statement began, announcing the arrival of the Spanish rider to Noale.
There had been rumors about the news for some time now, and today it was confirmed: Viñales will be riding the RS-GP next year, after breaking his contract with Yamaha at the end of the season.
The press release:
“This completes the official team for the 2022 MotoGP season, with Maverick joining Aleix Espargaró on the RS-GP. The Spanish rider has signed an annual contract, with an option to renew.
Viñales’ signing on with Aprilia is another step towards the Italian team’s growth and development strategy, which occurs during a year of transition for factory team. Two events that testify to Aprilia’s desire towards continuing to progress in the top category of world motorcycling.
Born in 1995, Maverick Viñales made his debut in the World championship riding an Aprilia in the 125 class in 2011, winning 4 victories and 5 podiums during his debut and graduating as best rookie with a third place finish. After another season at the highest level, he won the Moto3 world title in 2013 and then moved onto the Moto2 the following season. Thanks to the potential he demonstrated in the intermediate category, he earned his transfer to the MotoGP, starting from the 2015 championship with Suzuki and Yamaha from 2017.
In the premier class, Viñales took 9 wins, 13 pole positions, and 28 podiums, as well as two third places in the overall standings as best final placement among the riders.
Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing's CEO comments: “We are delighted to announce that we have taken on Maverick Viñales, a rider of the highest level. One of the purest talents in the premier class. Our project is enriched by Maverick’s value – a World Champion who, in the MotoGP, has confirmed himself as a top rider – in a moment of great change: after having brought a completely renewed bike to the track and having established ourselves with constancy among the group of protagonists, we also face the transition to Factory Team status, always improving ourselves, bringing Aprilia to its success. We are honored to offer Viñales all our best skills along with our enthusiasm and our passion. I am sure that, like Aleix, he will embrace a project with very high potential. Maverick’s arrival does not remove Lorenzo Savadori from our team, who will remain an integral part of the Aprilia Racing family.”