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MotoGP, Maverick Vinales considering a farewell to Aprilia: KTM and Honda his options

The Spaniard does not seem to have taken Martin's arrival well. With the RC16 he could try to win with 4 different bikes, getting on the RC213V would be a gamble

MotoGP: Maverick Vinales considering a farewell to Aprilia: KTM and Honda his options

MotoGP's prized pieces are all (or almost all) in place. Bagnaia and Quartararo were the first to take themselves off the market, then Mugello Sunday decided the fates of Marquez (gone to the official Ducati team) and Martin (who switched to Aprilia). Bastianini, finally, is well on his way to making his arrival in the factory KTM team. However, Maverick Vinales is missing from the list of riders of a 'certain prestige'.

On Saturday, during the Aprilia All Stars in Misano, the Spaniard was not too keen to talk about his future. The signing of Jorge - which Maverick learned about after the fact - didn't please him too much. With Aleix Espargarò's retirement, he thought the captain's armband would pass onto his arm, but Martin's arrival suggests otherwise.

In one of our interviews, Massimo Rivola said that "the priority is to renew with Vinales," but also that " marriages are made in two." In this case, one of the two parties seems to be hesitant and has been for some time. In fact, it is no mystery that the Spanish Top Gun's manager is sounding out the ground and knocking on various doors to find the best accommodation for his client.

Maverick himself in recent weeks had admitted that he was not sure about staying in Aprilia. In Noale he arrived there three years ago (thanks also to Aleix) after the mid-season divorce from Yamaha. The beginnings were not easy, but this year started well, with a Sprint win in Portimao and a one-two in Austin. The ingredients to continue the story with Aprilia were all there, but the risk of it coming to an conclusion at the end of the year is real.

To go where? At the moment there are two paths. The first would lead to Honda, a risky choice to say the least. The Japanese manufacturer might be a profitable move economically, but at the moment the RC213V is the bike that is struggling the most on the grid. No one thinks that HRC cannot climb back up the ladder, however, to say how far it will succeed is not easy. Vinales, then, would go from a very competitive bike to one that is at the opposite end of the spectrum, and you only have to see the performances of Zarco and Marini to realize that. The positive aspect would be to be in an official team, because Joan Mir is thinking of leaving and for this reason he has offered himself to the Gresini team, copying Marc's path.

The second, however, would be far more attractive if it ever came to fruition: KTM. Somewhat like Bastianini sidelined for Marquez, Vinales would seek refuge in Tech3 (and at the expense of Jack Miller, whose place is as shaky as ever). The money would certainly be less, but the RC16 would be the right bike to succeed in a feat that no rider in MotoGP has ever accomplished or even tried: winning a race with 4 different bikes. Maverick has already succeeded with Suzuki, Yamaha and Aprilia (the only one to do it with 3 different brands) and a four-of-a-kind would be within his reach.


Translated by Julian Thomas

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