MotoGP Aragon, Viñales: “I’ll be out on track to prepare for 2022”

MotoGP Aragon, Viñales: “I’ll be out on track to prepare for 2022”

The Spaniard cannot wait to begin his first race weekend aboard the RS-GP: “This decision came as a relief for me, I was stuck and needed to move forward”

Maverick Viñales arriving in an Aprilia shirt was the strangest sight at Aragón on Thursday. And during the press conference, it was the Spaniard who monopolised the attention of the journalists - how is he getting on with the RS-GP, what are his expectations, and more besides. Here are Maverick’s answers.

Viñales: “I can’t wait to race”

“I’m excited and highly motivated”, starts the Spaniard, “hungry too. There are six races left to go and this will be a way for me to prepare for next season. I have a lot to learn, and quickly. I’ve been away for a while and now I’m happy to be back and on the Aprilia, I feel in shape”.

“This decision came as a relief”

And what does he have to say about the RS-GP after an initial two-day test at Misano: “I haven’t yet had time to draw comparisons or really adapt well to the bike. I made as many laps as possible to understand how the RS-GP behaves”.

Between leaving Yamaha and coming to Aprilia, how difficult has this period been, mentally-speaking? “I can say that this decision has come as a relief, I was stuck and needed to move forward and improve. This was the right opportunity, they asked me to complete a test and I got on well. Right now, it’s important to build experience and adapt as well as possible to the bike”.

“Important to have Espargaró beside me”

Both Aleix Espargaró and Viñales have never hidden the fact they are friends, despite previously racing for two different manufacturers, so how important has Aleix been in terms of Maverick’s final decision? “He didn’t need to convince me, but I trust him and he knows the bike so it’s been important to have him here with me. Rather than convincing me, we’ve talked about what we can do together”.

Lastly, with regard to the Yamaha split: “Things moved very quickly, but I don’t want to talk about them, I’m here to improve with Aprilia, the tests went well and I can’t wait to race at Aragon. I’m excited and can’t wait to get out for practice tomorrow”.

Translated by Heather Watson

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