In an exclusive interview with The Race, Maverick Vinales acknowledged that the Monster Energy Yamaha team did not have the right test for him and that his impressive performance in the middle of the season was the right decision for him to leave the team and enter Apria. Not only for his work but also for his pleasure.
It is no secret that despite the fact that he won the opening match of the year in Qatar at the start of the 2021 season, his anger towards the team reached a climax. .
In the first half of the year, by chance, the incident in front of the Red Bull Ring in August was deliberately thwarted by the team. His M1 during the Austrian race.
Shortly after Vinales’ suspension, the relationship ended as bad as possible – but despite the blood feud between the couple, the 26-year-old said he did not feel any pain in Yama.
“I just want to say good words about them,” says The Race, “because I’m not saying anything bad. Finally you can see that the bike is in very good condition, and I always said the bike was fantastic.
We did not know why we could not do it right, because sometimes I feel like I can’t win, and sometimes I end up with others. I was going crazy.
But the bike was at an amazing level. You can see it right away, it was amazing. But anyway, it wasn’t my test, so I took the right test. ”
A large part of the demand for these new challenges seems to have arisen from the drastic changes that Vinales suffered during the Corona virus outbreak. He married and soon became a father, and he and his wife, Rachel, received baby Nina in May.
And, honestly, he admits that those big changes have changed his focus in life – and he has made it easier for him to take up the challenge.
“I have changed a lot of my priorities,” he admits. “When you have a family, you don’t think about tomorrow – you think about the long haul. You can’t just think day in and day out.
“Winning is good, but I want to feel better. I want to feel like a group of people around me, and that’s why I moved. That whole atmosphere, I was motivated to have that feeling, especially because I think it makes you go even more when you go to a place where everyone is hungry.
It seems that in April, too, he found himself mixing with the various emotional and emotional Italian team atmosphere.
“The Italian team is very different from the Japanese team,” said the Spaniard. “Actually, I have always had a good relationship with the Japanese team, because the food, the culture, the places, how they are – stable, strategic. It makes you the same. But outside of that I needed a little more fire around me. I wanted to and it was hard there. “
The decision to move to the Grid-of-the-Grid April may surprise many, but he says he was helped in part by the fact that he found someone close to him in the team – a good friend who said he played a key role in linking Vinales’ signature to former Suzuki teammate Andorran’s neighbor and boss Massimo Rivola. Alex Spargaro.
“It was important for Alex,” says Vinales, “because I have a good relationship with him and we talk a lot. But I think what made me decide was more atmosphere and emotion. They are brand new – they are not new to race history, but new to improve in MotoGP.
“Somehow, I want to have this process to bring the factory up again. It’s very motivating. It’s a different challenge but it motivates me. I want to be a champion, but I also want to do something special, not do what others do.
And, as their former Suzuki team-mates meet on a bicycle for the 2015 and 2016 seasons, they set up the GSX-RR in a race-winning package, which made Vinales meditate on the past and the future.
“I do not want to talk too much about the past; Because I’m obviously made a mistake. ” [leaving Suzuki]. We finally formed a very good team, but at that moment Yamaha was a winning bike and I chose it that way. Whether you are wrong or not, I do not know, because in the end you will make your own decisions.
But it brought me to a place where I was very happy. I’m coming to the races and I look forward to it again, not sadly before, but with all my strength. There are good times ahead and this is a great feeling.
“I’m really happy that I somehow regained my motivation, the need for bicycles. Finally, it is the fuel that keeps you going. I still think I have a lot to give and a lot to give so it is very important to me. I take it now when I think it is the right time to take this test, to awaken and motivate.
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