The strange case of Maverick Viñales: Your problem is your environment

A MotoGP pilot outside the circuit, seeing the rest from behind a fence, with his empty garage and his bikes inside a truck: has not been injured, it has not be

The strange case of Maverick Viñales: Your problem is your environment

A MotoGP pilot outside the circuit, seeing the rest from behind a fence, with his empty garage and his bikes inside a truck: has not been injured, it has not been sanctioned, it is simply viñales in another episode of his strange career .

His team, Yamaha, pulled him, accused him of sabotage, forced him to apologize and drawn him a black future: it was the end of a fall that began this April, although his reasons came from before. Not in vain, Viñales, in the celebration of the victory of him in the first race of the year in Qatar, he left a strange message: "Do not be enthusiastic." Some thing already failed. According to Yamaha sources, pilot and brand clashed since the beginning of the preseason because of the development of the motorcycle. Viñales, who had four seasons trying to impose his criteria at the Iwata factory on Valentino Rossi, thought that after the March of Italian he would be the leader and was not like that.

Fabio Quartaraaro, newly reached the official Yamaha team, was as much or more heard. And with the victories of French, Viñales became increasingly irritated. "The performance of the motorcycle is unacceptable," he criticized in the third race and thus would continue in the subsequent months until he renounced his contract with Yamaha for 2022. He wanted to leave and did it, but there was still half a season. And so, last Thursday came the mess: Yamaha showed that Viñales had tried to break the engine in the last test and he, two days later, this Saturday, he had to go out and apologize. "He was frustrated," he alleged. His gesture was a first step, but hardly only with forgiveness will resolve the future of him.

"Maverick has a huge talent, but it costs him hard to accept that his teammate wins races. When that happens, it is decentrated and it is very difficult to work with him," says from the team a former viñale companion in a vision that shares others Paddock actors. These, in addition, point to a culprit: the father of his, angel. In recent times, Viñales has changed several times as residence - qatar, Andorra and again his people, Roses - of representative, head of mechanics, psychologist, physical trainer and even assistant, because he stopped having Alex Rooms, which had accompanied him a half life. The result: a new environment with the central figure of his father.

"He has returned to make the error of the 4th of 2012. His environment has always been his problem," he analyzes who worked with him with the memory of the difficult beginnings of viñales in memory. Already in his second season at the World Cup, on Moto3, the pilot, disconnected with his team at the time, the Avintia Racing, decided unilaterally not to run in Sepang and left for home. From that he went out of pure talent, winning the championship the following year with a lower set, but this time he will have it more raw. He is no longer a 17-year-old boy doing a fuss, now he is a 26-year-old father with many doubts.

In his first two seasons in MotoGP with Suzuki was brilliant, he achieved even a victory, but in the five courses he accumulates with the official Yamaha has not shone as expected. Call to be Marc Márquez's maximum rival, he only beat in eight races, was never aspiring the title and, the worst, he got involved in a continuous war with his own brand that has ended the worst in the ways.

Your future now happens for two very delicate points. The first, the goodbye to him with Yamaha, who can leave him without running what remains of season, can deny part of the salary of him and can even take him to court. And the second, the signing of him by Aprilia to follow, somehow, in MotoGP. With Giovanni Balestra, an OAKLEY director (precisely Yamaha sponsor), as a new representative, he will have to negotiate with a factory that will hardly give him what he wants. With the case of Andrea Iannone, who waited despite his positive steroids, Aprilia has already demonstrated that he accepts talent in spite of sorrow, but equally viñales will be far from competing for the World Cup.

A MotoGP pilot outside the circuit, seeing the rest from behind a fence, with its empty garage and its bikes inside a truck: it has not been injured, it has not been sanctioned, it is Maverick Viñales and its strange career.

Updated Date: 14 August 2021, 19:28

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