The connection between Vinales and Yamaha deteriorated dramatically throughout the 2021 marketing campaign, with Vinales requesting his two-year deal be terminated on the finish of the present marketing campaign.
The fallout worsened irreparably within the Styrian GP, when he was discovered to have intentionally tried to wreck his bike’s engine – main Yamaha to droop him for the Austrian GP, earlier than finally parting ways with immediate effect ahead of the British GP.
Vinales’ 2022 signing to Aprilia had already been introduced by this level, with the Spaniard finishing a two-day take a look at at Misano after the Silverstone race earlier than his MotoGP debut with the marque for Aragon was confirmed.
When requested how troublesome the previous couple of weeks have been mentally within the wake of the Yamaha fallout, Vinales responded: “I believe greater than troublesome, it has been a launch for me as a result of I wanted to do one thing totally different, truthfully, as a result of I used to be on a [mental] block second.
“I wanted to maneuver on and to enhance myself, in order that was the event, and likewise the chance.
“As quickly as I did the take a look at I wished to race, I felt good on the bike, I felt fairly fast and likewise I felt through the race weekend is when you’ll be able to enhance your self.
“So, there was no motive to remain at house.”
When pressed by Autosport if he felt he may have reconciled with Yamaha to see out 2021, Vinales refused to enter element on his break up with the marque.
“Truthfully, the whole lot went so quick, so I don’t need to discuss the remainder or the others,” he stated.
“I need to discuss Aprilia as a result of on the finish of the day proper right here, I’m right here to study, to get expertise, and particularly I’m right here to study and enhance myself.
“The 2 days at Misano have been nice, I launched a variety of weight off my bike as a result of I simply rode and loved and I used to be already able to race in Aragon.
“I’m actually motivated and I’m keen about MotoGP, so I can’t wait to be on the bike within the morning.”
Maverick Vinales, Aprilia Racing Group Gresini
Photograph by: Aprilia Racing
Vinales will race for Aprilia simply two weeks after it scored its first-ever podium within the fashionable MotoGP period, courtesy of a 3rd for team-mate Aleix Espargaro at Silverstone.
9-time MotoGP race winner Vinales says this outcome “arrange a variety of fireplace inside” for his debut with Aprilia.
“Effectively, greater than [being] excited, I’m very hungry and really motivated to begin this story with Aprilia,” he added.
“Proper now these six races forward are only a current to organize subsequent yr significantly better, so our precedence is simply to study.
“Certain, it’s very totally different, so I have to study quite a bit, I have to study fast.
“This [podium for Aleix] simply arrange a variety of fireplace within myself as a result of all we wish is to push.
“I’ve been away for some time, however I really feel very Positive to be right here, to get the expertise of a race weekend and we simply have to study. That is our foremost precedence.”