• Katie Humphris

Yamaha part ways with Maverick Vinales with immediate effect

Yamaha have confirmed that they have parted ways with MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales with ‘immediate effect’ following last weekend’s suspension at the Austrian Grand Prix

The 26-year-old rider was withdrawn from last weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix due to his actions from the previous race in which he deliberately tried to damage his engine in the final laps of the Styrian Grand Prix 2 weeks ago. Yamaha announced that Vinales would be with withdrawn from the second Austrian Grand Prix and that no one would take his place. The Spanish rider later apologised for his actions and blamed his frustration at his situation with Yamaha.

It was confirmed after the Dutch Grand Prix that Vinales would leave Yamaha at the end of the 2021 season, but he will not be seeing out the rest of the season and will not have a ride for the remainder of the 2021 season. However, Maverick Vinales will be racing for Italian team Aprilia for 2022 and will partner alongside fellow Spanish rider Aleix Espargro.

Cal Crutchlow will replace Vinales at the British Grand Prix on the 29th August but Yamaha haven’t confirmed who will be alongside Championship leader, Fabio Quartararo for the remainder of the season.