Maverick Viñales

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Maverick Viñales
Maverick Viñales.JPG
Viñales in 2013
Nationality Spain Spanish
Born (1995-01-12) 12 January 1995 (age 22)
Figueres, Spain
Current team Movistar Yamaha MotoGP
Bike number 25
Website http://www.maverick25.com/
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 2015
Manufacturers Suzuki (2015-2016), Yamaha (present)
2016 championship position 4th (202 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
42 4 8 3 4 404
Moto2 World Championship
Active years 2014
Manufacturers Kalex
2014 championship position 3rd (274 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
18 4 9 1 5 274
Moto3 World Championship
Active years 20122013
Manufacturers FTR Honda, KTM
Championships 1 (2013)
2013 championship position 1st (323 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
32 8 22 7 4 530
125cc World Championship
Active years 2011
Manufacturers Aprilia
Championships 0
2011 championship position 3rd (248 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
17 4 9 3 3 248

Maverick Viñales Ruiz[1] (born 12 January 1995) is a Grand Prix motorcycle racer from Spain and former Moto3 world champion, taking the title in 2013.[2][3] In 2015 he won the best rookie award in the MotoGP class.

Early career[edit]

Born in Figueres, Viñales began competitive racing at the age of three in minimotos before moving onto motocross and eventually to circuit racing in 2002, competing in the Catalan 50cc Championship, before several successful seasons in 70cc "metrakit" bikes.[4] In 2007, he became champion of the Catalan 125cc Championship, and repeated the feat in 2008, as well as winning the Mediterranean Trophy. Also in 2008, he competed at selected events in the German IDM 125GP Championship for RZT Racing aboard an Aprilia RS 125 R, achieving a best result of seventh. He moved up to the CEV Buckler 125GP series in 2009, with the Blusens-BQR team, partnering Miguel Oliveira in the team. Viñales finished the season as Rookie of the Year as he finished as the runner-up to Alberto Moncayo in the championship standings, by just four points. Viñales claimed four successive podiums during the season, including a victory at Jerez.[5] In 2010, Viñales and Oliveira joined different teams from Blusens and battled it out for the championship title and despite winning only two races – both at Albacete – compared to Oliveira's four wins and two second places, Viñales took the title by just two points after finishing each of the season's seven races on the podium as Oliveira crashed out of one race at Albacete.[1] The single race for the 2010 European Championship title was also taking place at Viñales's winning circuit Albacete where he narrowly took his third victory of the year at the same venue.[6]

125cc/Moto3 World Championship[edit]

2011[edit]

Viñales moved into the 125cc World Championship ahead of the 2011 season, partnering category veteran Sergio Gadea, who returned to the 125cc class after a season in Moto2, at the SuperMartxé VIP team after the Blusens-BQR team joined forces with American socialite Paris Hilton.[7] He impressed during pre-season testing at Valencia,[8] and finished ninth on his Grand Prix début in Qatar. After retiring at Jerez due to brake failure, Viñales finished fourth at Estoril, narrowly missing out on a podium to Johann Zarco in a photo-finish with the margin between the pair being 0.002 seconds.[9] Two weeks later at Le Mans, Viñales took his first front-row grid start with third place, and after a race-long battle with championship leader Nicolás Terol, Terol made a mistake at the penultimate corner and Viñales cut inside him and took the victory by 0.048 seconds.[10][11] His victory, at the age of 16 years, 123 days, made him the third-youngest rider to win a Grand Prix race behind Scott Redding and Marco Melandri.[12] Three further victories during the season enabled Viñales to finish his rookie season in third place in the championship rankings and he won the Rookie of the Year award.

2012[edit]

Viñales went into the 2012 season as title favourite in the newly formed Moto3 championship. He won five races early on in the season, but a lack of consistency with several crashes meant that he was not able to keep up with Sandro Cortese. Going into Malaysia still with a slim chance of winning the title, he shocked fans and media when he angrily left his team and flew back home, withdrawing from the race. Cortese won the race and the title with Luis Salom moving into second place. Viñales later stated that he had not been informed of offers from other Moto3 teams, that the team refused to move him up into Moto2 and instead made him sign an extension to his contract into 2014 and that he was unable to win with them as it was a "second division team".[13]

Viñales at the 2013 Aragon Grand Prix

Viñales eventually apologized[14] and returned to the team for the final two races of the season, securing third in the standings, but losing the runner-up spot to Salom.

2013[edit]

He moved to Team Calvo for 2013, riding alongside Ana Carrasco. Sorting out his new contract after his walkout in Malaysia supposedly was a very delicate affair which included a high release fee having to be paid to his former team and interest also being expressed by the Marc VDS Moto3 team.[15] He won his first two races with Team Calvo back-to-back at round three and four, the Spanish and French Grand Prix. In later races he had several opportunities to win as he was leading the last laps at San Marino, Aragon and Philip Island, but on all occasions he was eventually overtaken by fellow Spanish rider Álex Rins. He was starting to fade from the title fight with two races to go and only a slim chance left to win, but at Motegi both championship front runners Luis Salom and Alex Rins didn't score any points as both crashed out of the race, Salom being taken out by Viñales' cousin Isaac Viñales. Viñales finished second behind rookie Álex Márquez, putting him back into the title fight. The three riders went into the final round with a gap of just five points between them. As Salom crashed out and rejoined to finish 14th, Rins and Viñales continued battling until the very last corner. In the end, Viñales narrowly took the victory and Moto3 World Championship with Rins finishing runner-up.

Moto2 World Championship[edit]

2014[edit]

Viñales signed a two-year contract with Pons Racing, due to expire at the end of 2015. He joined former title rival Luis Salom in the team.[16] He took his first intermediate class victory at the Circuit of the Americas on 13 April 2014.[17] He ultimately finished the season in third place in the riders' championship with four wins and nine podiums. He also won the Rookie of the Year award.

MotoGP[edit]

Viñales at the 2015 Catalan Grand Prix

In September 2014 it was announced that Viñales would move up to the MotoGP class for the 2015 season, riding for the factory Suzuki team on their return to the class. He partnered Aleix Espargaró at the team.[18]

2015[edit]

Viñales had a decent debut season with the factory Suzuki team. As it was the comeback year for the Japanese manufacturer they received various concessions for development and the bike underwent several changes during the season. Viñales finished 16 out of 18 races, scoring six Top 10 results along the way, once again showing consistency as his strength. He ended the season in 12th place, winning the Rookie of the Year award.

2016[edit]

The 2016 season saw an improved bike and almost immediate success for Viñales and the factory Suzuki team. Viñales took his first MotoGP podium with third place in France. and his first ever MotoGP win at the British Grand Prix and Suzuki's first win since Chris Vermeulen's win in France in 2007, moving him to 4th place in the championship. After Jorge Lorenzo announced his move to the Ducati team, Viñales was signed to replace him at the factory Yamaha team in 2017 and 2018.[19]

2017[edit]

His 2017 campaign has gotten off to a brilliant start with his victory in Qatar making him the first rider to win on debut for Yamaha since Valentino Rossi in 2004 and the first rider to win on debut for any team since Casey Stoner in 2011.

Personal life[edit]

Viñales has a cousin, Isaac, who races in the Moto2 world championship with Tech 3.

Career statistics[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Class Motorcycle Team Number Race Win Podium Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2011 125cc Aprilia Blusens by Paris Hilton Racing 25 17 4 9 3 3 248 3rd 0
2012 Moto3 FTR Honda Blusens Avintia 25 15 5 7 5 1 207 3rd 0
2013 Moto3 KTM Team Calvo 25 17 3 15 2 3 323 1st 1
2014 Moto2 Kalex Paginas Amarillas HP 40 40 18 4 9 1 5 274 3rd 0
2015 MotoGP Suzuki Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP 25 18 0 0 0 0 97 12th 0
2016 MotoGP Suzuki Team Suzuki Ecstar MotoGP 25 18 1 4 0 2 202 4th 0
2017 MotoGP Yamaha YZR-M1 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP 25 5 3 3 2 2 85* 1st 0
Total 108 20 47 13 16 1436 1

* Season still in progress.

By class[edit]

Class Seasons 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Podiums Pole FLap Pts WChmp
125 cc 2011 2011 Qatar 2011 France 2011 France 17 4 9 3 3 248 0
Moto3 2012–2013 2012 Qatar 2012 Qatar 2012 Qatar 32 8 22 7 4 530 1
Moto2 2014 2014 Qatar 2014 Americas 2014 Americas 18 4 9 1 5 274 0
MotoGP 2015–Present 2015 Qatar 2016 France 2016 Britain 41 4 7 3 4 384 0
Total 2011–Present 108 20 47 13 16 1436 1

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2011 125cc Aprilia QAT
9
SPA
Ret
POR
4
FRA
1
CAT
2
GBR
Ret
NED
1
ITA
3
GER
3
CZE
6
IND
2
RSM
7
ARA
3
JPN
4
AUS
8
MAL
1
VAL
1
3rd 248
2012 Moto3 FTR Honda QAT
1
SPA
6
POR
2
FRA
Ret
CAT
1
GBR
1
NED
1
GER
17
ITA
1
IND
Ret
CZE
4
RSM
5
ARA
DNS
JPN
2
MAL
WD
AUS
Ret
VAL
8
3rd 207
2013 Moto3 KTM QAT
2
AME
2
SPA
1
FRA
1
ITA
3
CAT
3
NED
2
GER
3
IND
3
CZE
2
GBR
4
RSM
2
ARA
2
MAL
5
AUS
2
JPN
2
VAL
1
1st 323
2014 Moto2 Kalex QAT
4
AME
1
ARG
Ret
SPA
5
FRA
4
ITA
9
CAT
2
NED
2
GER
5
IND
2
CZE
6
GBR
3
RSM
4
ARA
1
JPN
2
AUS
1
MAL
1
VAL
Ret
3rd 274
2015 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
14
AME
9
ARG
10
SPA
11
FRA
9
ITA
7
CAT
6
NED
10
GER
11
IND
11
CZE
Ret
GBR
11
RSM
14
ARA
11
JPN
Ret
AUS
6
MAL
8
VAL
11
12th 97
2016 MotoGP Suzuki QAT
6
ARG
Ret
AME
4
SPA
6
FRA
3
ITA
6
CAT
4
NED
9
GER
12
AUT
6
CZE
9
GBR
1
RSM
5
ARA
4
JPN
3
AUS
3
MAL
6
VAL
5
4th 202
2017 MotoGP Yamaha QAT
1
ARG
1
AME
Ret
SPA
6
FRA
1
ITA
2
CAT
10
NED
Ret
GER CZE AUT GBR RSM ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 1st* 105*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Campeonato de España de Velocidad, Circuito de Jerez – 7ª Prueba: Clasificación Final" (PDF). CEV Buckler. Dorna Sports. 21 November 2010. Archived from the original (PDF) on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  2. ^ Beer, Matt (10 November 2013). "Maverick Vinales wins Moto3 title at final corner". Autosport. Haymarket Publications. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  3. ^ "Viñales wins race and title at Valencia". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 10 November 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton Racing Team" (PDF). SuperMartXé. Piensa en Verde Agency. p. 11. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  5. ^ "Campeonato de España de Velocidad, Circuito de Jerez – 125GP: Clasificacion oficial de carrera" (PDF). CEV Buckler. Dorna Sports. 7 June 2009. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Spanish success in European Championship with victories for Viñales, Barragán and Morales". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 24 October 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Paris Hilton to launch 125cc team". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 13 December 2010. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  8. ^ "Valencia Test unleashes new 125cc crop". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 15 February 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  9. ^ Margaria, Alice (1 May 2011). "Terol walks to Estoril win". GPone. Buffer Overflow srl. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  10. ^ Cambio, Tom (15 May 2011). "Viñales snatches his first 125GP win from Terol". Motor Cycle News. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  11. ^ "Viñales snatches stunning maiden win from Terol in Le Mans". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 17 May 2011. 
  12. ^ "Precocious talent Viñales comes to the fore". motogp.com. Dorna Sports. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 19 May 2011. 
  13. ^ "Maverick Vinales In Shock Decision To Leave Team With Three Races To Go | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks". motomatters.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  14. ^ "Press Release: Vinales Issues Formal Apology Over Sepang Withdrawal | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks". motomatters.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  15. ^ "Maverick Vinales Signs To Ride KTM With JHK Laglisse For 2013 | MotoMatters.com | Kropotkin Thinks". motomatters.com. Retrieved 2017-01-24. 
  16. ^ "Salom, Vinales sign two-year Pons deals". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 11 September 2013. Retrieved 10 November 2013. 
  17. ^ "Vinales takes control for maiden Moto2 win". Crash.net. Crash Media Group. 13 April 2014. Retrieved 13 April 2014. 
  18. ^ "Suzuki return to MotoGP with Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales in 2015". MotoGP.com. Dorna Sports. 30 September 2014. Retrieved 23 November 2014. 
  19. ^ Ltd., Crash Media Group. "Official: Maverick Vinales signs for Yamaha | MotoGP News". Retrieved 2017-01-24. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Alberto Moncayo
CEV Buckler 125GP
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Alex Rins
Preceded by
Marcel Schrötter
European 125cc
Champion

2010
Succeeded by
Romano Fenati
Preceded by
Sandro Cortese
Moto3 World Champion
2013
Succeeded by
Álex Márquez