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Vinales, not Quartararo, is the reference Yamaha - crew chief

The reference rider among Yamaha’s MotoGP contingent is Maverick Vinales rather than Fabio Quartararo, according to Vinales’ crew chief Esteban Garcia.

Yamaha would be happy to keep Vinales "for 2021 and beyond"

Yamaha MotoGP boss Lin Jarvis says he would be happy for Maverick Vinales to remain part of the manufacturer's line-up "for 2021 and beyond".

Worried Rossi insists “we need more” from Yamaha engine

Valentino Rossi insists that Yamaha “needs more” from its MotoGP engine after sampling the latest motor this week during Jerez post-season testing.

Vinales dominates crash-filled first day of Jerez test

Maverick Vinales opened up the final MotoGP post-season test of 2019 at Jerez fastest in a session which was red-flagged three times, as Marc Marquez also crashed in the afternoon.

Vinales ends Valencia MotoGP test on top

Maverick Vinales topped the final day of MotoGP testing at Valencia by 0.164s from fellow Yamaha rider Fabio Quartararo.

Rossi: New Yamaha engine still "long way" off rivals

Valentino Rossi says Yamaha still has "a long way" to go to match its MotoGP rivals' top speed, despite positive initial impressions from the 2020 prototype engine.

Quartararo leads Yamaha 1-2-3 in test, as Marquez brothers crash

Fabio Quartararo topped the first day MotoGP testing in Valencia despite a crash, while new Honda line-up Marc and Alex Marquez wrecked their bikes in falls during the session.

Vinales "never got a chance to be fast" in Valencia

Maverick Vinales says a lack of grip from the off meant he “never got a chance to be fast” in the MotoGP Valencia Grand Prix finale on Sunday.

Vinales: Recent form down to avoiding Yamaha updates

Maverick Vinales says his improved form in the second half of the 2019 MotoGP season is down to avoiding new parts and focusing on extracting the “maximum” from his Yamaha.

Rossi: 2019 only a "little better" than Ducati nadir

Valentino Rossi admits his current worst season as a Yamaha MotoGP rider is only “a little bit better” than his two difficult seasons with Ducati.

Vinales would "rather end up on the ground than second"

Maverick Vinales said that he was not going to settle for second place in MotoGP's Australian Grand Prix and that he would have rather crashed - which he ended up doing.

Australia MotoGP: Vinales leads Marquez in bizarre FP3

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales topped third practice for the Australian Grand Prix on Saturday, as heavy wind at Phillip Island restricted track running to a bare minimum.

Australia MotoGP: Vinales dominates dry FP2

Maverick Vinales dominated the Friday afternoon MotoGP session at Phillip Island as Marc Marquez hit teammate Jorge Lorenzo on his last lap.

Ducati hints at Vinales interest for 2021

Ducati MotoGP general manager Gigi Dall'Igna has suggested that Maverick Vinales could be an option for the Italian marque for the 2021 season.

Dovizioso braked "like a stupid rider" in Quartararo chase

Andrea Dovizioso says he was "taking too many risks" and "braking like a stupid rider" when he was chasing after Fabio Quartararo at the end of the Motegi MotoGP race.

Vinales insists 2019 "much more positive" than last year

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales says his 2019 MotoGP season is "already much more positive" than last year, despite another early exit from championship contention.

Vinales had "no chance" of holding off Ducatis

Maverick Vinales says the Yamaha MotoGP bike’s power deficit relative to the Ducati meant he “had no chance” to defend his podium position in the Aragon Grand Prix.

Aragon MotoGP: Rins leads Vinales, Kallio in damp FP3

Suzuki's Alex Rins topped a damp third MotoGP practice at Aragon, having been one of only three riders to use slick tyres during the session.

Marquez's Aragon pace "hurts" MotoGP rivals

Several MotoGP riders say they were demoralised by Marc Marquez being by far the strongest rider on Friday at Aragon, with Jack Miller saying it "hurts" to see the points leader so far ahead.

Aragon MotoGP: Vinales leads Rossi in FP2

Yamaha's Maverick Vinales led Valentino Rossi in the second MotoGP practice at Aragon as Marc Marquez took fourth place despite forgoing a qualifying simulation in the end.

Vinales explains early Misano pace drop-off

Maverick Vinales says he pace drop-off early in the MotoGP San Marino Grand Prix was a result of getting “disturbed a lot” by several front end moments on his Yamaha.

Rossi "surprised" to see all Yamahas fast in Misano

Valentino Rossi says he was "surprised" that all four Yamaha MotoGP riders ended Friday practice at Misano strongly, despite them using several different configurations.

Vinales 'shocked' he could maintain British GP pace

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales says he was "in shock" at being able to maintain his pace in the closing stages of the British Grand Prix and close in on the leading two riders.

Vinales fears he was just "lucky" in previous two races

Yamaha MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales says he fears his two strong results at Assen and the Sachsenring were merely "lucky" after struggling to a lowly 10th-place finish in Sunday's Czech Grand Prix.