It was coming, after sitting out the GP of Austria, the contract between Yamaha and Vinales has been terminated with immediate effect. Key question, what now?
While both parties had already decided in Assen not to serve out the current contract (until 2022) and Viñales was therefore allowed to look for a new employer, during the GP of Styria (the first of two races on the RedBull Ring ) a serious hitch. The idea of rounding out this season in a good way was brutally crushed when a frustrated Viñales – in a hopeless position – deliberately pushed his Yamaha into the limiter. Resulting in the suspension a week later. The incident bears strong resemblance to John Kocinski, who blew up his Suzuki RGV250 in the 1993 Assen TT run-out lap and, by extension, his contract. The difference, however, is that Viñales has already signed for the Aprilia factory team for 2022.
The question is, however, what will happen next? The contract has been terminated with immediate effect, so Viñales is free to go where he wants. It is therefore possible to switch to Aprilia immediately, although the Italians will have to find a good solution for Lorenzo Savadori, a valued member of the Aprilia family for years. Although his MotoGP results are of course not very special (understatement). The advantage for Viñales would be that he would not be sidelined for six months and would not lose race rhythm and speed. And he can already develop the Aprilia according to his wishes, all with a view to 2022.
At the same time, of course, Yamaha has an acute rider problem. Cal Crutchlow seems the most logical successor, but the Briton has already hinted between the lines that he actually does not want to race anymore, something that was also seen during the two appearances in Austria. In addition, Morbidelli is not yet fit and Superbike men like Razgatlioglu and Gerloff have their own program…and contractual obligations.
In short, it is still a bit restless…
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