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MotoGP: Viñales, in Misano to debut on the Aprilia

After hastily ending his relationship with Yamaha just ten days ago, Maverick Viñales will get on his new bike for the first time this Tuesday, the RS-GP of the Aprilia team, with which he has reached an agreement to race in 2022, with option to one more year, and with which he has stipulated to dispute the remaining races of this season.

To this end, Viñales traveled this Monday with his young family to Riccione , the tourist town bathed by the Adriatic Sea neighboring the Misano Circuit, as the runner himself has explained on his social networks.

Since the birth of his daughter Nina at the end of May, Maverick has not been separated from his family, who have already accompanied him to the races in Austria and will be his main support in the Grand Prix in his new adventure with Aprilia.

Maverick will have two days of private testing in Misano, where in addition to the Catalan there will be the testers Dani Pedrosa (KTM), Stefan Bradl (Honda) and Michele Pirro , from Ducati, the team that has rented the circuit.

Initially, Maverick wanted Noale’s in-house test rider, Andrea Dovizioso , to be alongside him in testing to more safely take his first steps on the RS-GP, but the impending deal with Yamaha has put an end to the Italian’s relationship with Aprilia.


The Italian engineer Giovanni Mattarollo , a member of the Aprilia test team, will be the track engineer that Maverick will work with these two days on the Adriatic track, and it will not be until the tests are over, when it is decided whether Mattarollo becomes in the new crew chief of #12 , or the Spaniard opts for another solution in a crucial position for any driver.

Debut in Aragon

Viñales was unable to race in the second race in Austria as he was suspended by Yamaha, with whom he immediately terminated the relationship just before the British Grand Prix. Therefore, after two races without competing, the one from Roses (Girona) will reappear at the Aragón Grand Prix, which takes place from September 10 to 12.

The Catalan will replace the Italian Lorenzo Savadori, who was injured in the first race in Austria, missed the second and after trying to reappear at Silverstone, had to withdraw due to discomfort in his operated leg.

Savadori will join the test team until the end of the season, while Maverick will take over as the regular rider alongside his good friend Aleix Espargaró, who this past Sunday got the first podium for Aprilia in the MotoGP era, showing that the bike is already point to fight with the best.

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