For Maverick Viñales, the MotoGP summer break serves a double function, the rider taking time to relax but also think about his future. A future that will take him far from the Yamaha factory M1 in 2022, given that he has decided to bid farewell to the Iwata manufacturer come the end of the year. We already know that one potential scenario could see Maverick continue with Aprilia, a bike he has spoken about in an interview for

 “Aprilia has improved a lot”

Following a test day yesterday at Montmeló, during which Alex Rins, Jack Miller, Pol Espargaró and Maverick Viñales took to the track, the Spaniard had this to say re his future: “Right now I want to consider things calmly, because it’s important to reflect carefully and reinvent myself”.

As for the Noale team: Aprilia has improved a lot with Aleix Espargaró, while I haven’t thought about Suzuki. I’ve focused on the holidays, on enjoying the summer and coming back as strong as possible. I haven’t thought about 2022 at all, because there’s no point. I know where I can go and I have to find my path. I’m not looking for a different environment, just trust”.

 “Various calls regarding 2023”

But while the Aprilia and Suzuki names were the first to emerge following news of his split with Yamaha, the Spaniard is not excluding the possibility of taking a sabbatical, although this "wouldn’t be the best option” he says, before admitting that he has already received calls from a number of teams with a view to 2023. And there’s another rumour, in that Radio Catalunya claims Viñales has also received a call from Ducati – could it be true? All we can do is await further developments…

Translated by Heather Watson

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