After last Sunday’s race at the Red Bull Ring, in which Vinales re-entered the pitlane before crossing the finish line, after the display of his M1 showed him the message “pitlane”, Maverick said he was “having a great time. “before the race was stopped with the red flag.
However, after the break and returning to the pits, things changed for # 12.
“They stopped the race, we went back to the pits and they changed my clutch and tire, and it was a completely different story,” he complained.
The rider’s father went over Sunday and accused Yamaha of sabotaging his son’s bike in a post on social media: “Silence is too much !!!! What happened today is shameful! Doing these things to the rider because he’s leaving, ”wrote Angel Vinales.
Yamaha issued a harsh statement on Thursday, suspending the rider for this weekend’s race in Austria and accusing him of trying to damage the bike.
Motorsport.com can report the team claims that Vinales tried to get past the engine limiter of his M1 on the way into the pit lane when he entered the pit lane at the end of the second race, without crossing the finish line.
Maverick Vinales, Yamaha Factory Racing
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The team supports its version with the bike’s telemetry data, which despite having a rev limiter, just to prevent this from happening unintentionally, can be deliberately taken over the limiter, as a technician explained to this writer.
The allegations recall an episode between Suzuki and John Kocinski in 1993.
The American genius, despite the good results in the first four 250cc races of that season – two podiums and two fourth places – did not have a good relationship with the top of the team, and in Assen he blew up the bike’s engine, refusing to get on the podium. Since then, he has never raced for Suzuki again.
For Vinales the whole situation is a continuation of what led him to terminate the remaining year of his contract with Yamaha in 2022.
People familiar with the situation reported to Motorsport.com that after the first start of the Styrian Grand Prix, Maverick came to the pits and said the engine was working fine, not to touch it.
However, they changed the clutch and the engineers plugged in the computer, tapping the engine, which shut down on the grid before the warm-up lap of the second start, forcing the Spaniard to start from the pit lane.