Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem
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Why Aprilia is a good bet for Vinales - but won't fix his big problem

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The prelude to Maverick Vinales' move to Aprilia has been his tortured exit from Yamaha. But the Spanish rider must put allegations of sabotage, suspensions and unwanted personnel changes aside once he embarks upon his new journey, while Aprilia must find a way to get Vinales firing on all cylinders once again

All hopes of a quiet summer break after a punishing start to the 2021 MotoGP season were dashed on Sunday morning at the Dutch TT. The paddock – virtually and in-person – was sent into a frenzy as reports began emerging that Maverick Vinales was set to quit Yamaha at the end of a so-far troubled 2021 and make his way to Aprilia.

Yamaha was dealt a nightmare hand when the Assen poleman went on to finish second in the race, 2.7 seconds behind teammate Fabio Quartararo. It was a result which meant Vinales absolutely had to face the world's media – there was no hiding him nor holding his tongue.

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