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Viñales: "The change from Yamaha to Aprilia? I am very satisfied"

The Catalan pilot starred in a 2021 full of ups and downs. Viñales won the first race of the season in Qatar and it looked like it could be his year, but from then on things went from bad to worse. While his teammate Fabio Quartararo gradually became the leader of Yamaha , on the box side of Roses (Girona) the continuous problems that have haunted him since he signed for the brand in 2017 returned.

The situation became critical at the beginning of the summer and he asked to break the contract that bound him until 2022 at the end of the season. After agreeing to leave at the end of the course, Aprilia signed him for next year, but the relationship with Yamaha became even more twisted back from vacation. Viñales was accused by the brand of trying to sabotage the M1 and ended up being fired with immediate effect.

Aprilia took advantage of the situation to get on the RS-GP in the last five races of the championship and advance work towards 2022, but Viñales found himself a very different bike from the M1 and was barely able to score points in two races in a marked season finale largely due to the death of his cousin, Dean Berta.

At the end of the season, Viñales went to the Milan Motorcycle Show (EICMA), where he was asked how he valued the change from Yamaha to Aprilia.

“Very happy, I needed a big change, especially because of my driving style. I am very satisfied to have made this decision,” Viñales told Sky Italia .

“We are not at the level. It is true that I make good times, but I still don’t feel like my bike. I feel that the potential is very good because I make good times and I still don’t feel like one with the bike. There is a lot of potential to extract” .

The #12 continued with the adaptation to the RS-GP in the Jerez test. Despite the fact that next year’s model was not available, he finished with the eighth fastest time in the aggregate and was satisfied with the work carried out.

“After the test I was very happy. I did the time with the used tire and I didn’t do it before. It went better than I expected. In Jerez it was very difficult because there was a lot of wind. I ended up very satisfied, because in the end I think we put together a pretty good package. We have to keep improving, a bit the chassis, a bit of ergonomics, a bit of everything, “he clinched.

Times: this is how the starting grid would look after the MotoGP test in Jerez

23º Darryn Binder, RNF Racing – 1:39.941

23º Darryn Binder, RNF Racing - 1:39.941

1/23

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22nd Marco Bezzecchi, VR46 Racing team – 1: 39.312

22º Marco Bezzecchi, equipo VR46 Racing - 1:39.312

2/23 _

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21º Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3 – 1:38.728

21º Remy Gardner, KTM Tech3 - 1:38.728

3/23

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20th Raúl Fernandez, KTM Tech3 – 1:38.691

20º Raúl Fernández, KTM Tech3 - 1:38.691

4 / 23

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19th Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Racing – 1: 38.528

19º Fabio Di Giannantonio, Gresini Racing - 1:38.528

5/23 _

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18º Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing – 1:38.435

18º Jorge Martin, Pramac Racing - 1:38.435

6/23

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17th Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia Racing Team – 1:38.149

17º Aleix Espargaró, Aprilia Racing Team - 1:38.149

7 / 23

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16º Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1:38.085

16º Miguel Oliveira, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1:38.085

8/23

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15º Andrea Dovizioso, RNF Racing – 1:38.029

15º Andrea Dovizioso, RNF Racing - 1:38.029

9 / 23

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14th Luca Marini, VR46 Racing Team – 1:38.025

14º Luca Marini, equipo VR46 Racing - 1:38.025

10 / 23

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13º Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing – 1:37.942

13º Brad Binder, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing - 1:37.942

11/23

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12º Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing – 1:37.884

12º Franco Morbidelli, Yamaha Factory Racing - 1:37.884

12/23

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11th Alex Marquez, Team LCR Honda – 1:37.760

11º Alex Márquez, Team LCR Honda - 1:37.760

13 / 23

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10º Jack Miller, Equipo Ducati – 1:37.717

10º Jack Miller, Equipo Ducati - 1:37.717

14/23

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9th Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP – 1:37.634

9º Joan Mir, Team Suzuki MotoGP - 1:37.634

15 / 23

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8º Maverick Viñales, Aprilia Racing Team – 1:37.622

8º Maverick Viñales, Aprilia Racing Team - 1:37.622

16/23

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7th Pol Espargaro, Repsol Honda Team – 1:37.496

7º Pol Espargaró, Repsol Honda Team - 1:37.496

17 / 23

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6º Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP – 1:37.423

6º Alex Rins, Team Suzuki MotoGP - 1:37.423

18/23

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5th Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing – 1: 37.402

5º Enea Bastianini, Gresini Racing - 1:37.402

19/23 _

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4º Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing – 1:37.356

4º Johann Zarco, Pramac Racing - 1:37.356

20/23

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3º Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing – 1:37.324

3º Fabio Quartararo, Yamaha Factory Racing - 1:37.324

21 / 23

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2º Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda – 1:37.313

2º Takaaki Nakagami, Team LCR Honda - 1:37.313

22 / 23

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1st Francesco Bagnaia, Team Ducati – 1:36.872

1º Francesco Bagnaia, Equipo Ducati - 1:36.872

23 / 23

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