• Maverick Vinales has signed with Aprilia for the 2022 MotoGP season.
• The rider parts ways with Yamaha following a series of relationship-breaking events.
• Vinales will partner with fellow Spaniard Aleix Espargaro at Aprilia.
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Maverick Vinales has been confirmed as Aprilia Racing's newest signee for the 2022 MotoGP season. Vinales, who will replace Loreno Savadori, will line up alongside Spanish compatriot Aleix Espargaro for one season, but has the option to renew the agreement.
2022 will also be a big year for Aprilia Racing as it will only be its second year as a full factory team. With Vinales joining their ranks, the Italian team is hoping to grow its growth and development strategy.
The Aprilia Racing team has scored 71 points in the 2021 season so far.
Vinales brings the value
Vinales made his racing debut with Aprilia in the 125cc category in 2011. Through solid performances over the next couple of years, he joined the Suzuki MotoGP team in 2015, followed by Yamaha in 2017. Vinales has taken nine wins, 13 pole positions, and 28 podium finishes in the premier class.
The rider's relationship with Yamaha has taken plenty of strain over the last year, with it boiling over at the Styrian Grand Prix two weeks ago. The result was the team removing the rider from their line-up for this past weekend's Austrian GP. With it already being announced that Yamaha and Vinales would part ways at the end of the season, Aprilia was ready to sign the out-of-contract rider to a deal for 2022.
Massimo Rivola - Aprilia Racing CEO - said to MotoGP: "We are extremely happy to announce that we have signed Maverick Vinales, a very high-level rider and one of the purest talents in the premier category. Our project has now been enriched with the value that Maverick brings - a World Champion who has confirmed his talent as a top rider in MotoGP. At a time of great change, after bringing a completely revamped bike to the track and having consistently established ourselves in the group of protagonists, we are also facing a switch in status as a Factory Team now, in order to take Aprilia to success.
"We are honoured to be able to make all of our best skills available to Vinales along with our enthusiasm and our passion. I am confident that, like Aleix, he will embrace this extremely high-potential project. The arrival of Maverick in no way distances Lorenzo Savadori from the team, as he will remain an integral part of the Aprilia Racing family."