2021 MotoGP: Maverick withdrawn by Yamaha Factory for Austrian GP for “irregular operation” of race bike

2021 MotoGP: Maverick withdrawn by Yamaha Factory for Austrian GP for “irregular operation” of race bike

After announcing his departure from Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGPin June, Maverick Vinales has now been withdrawn from competition in this weekend’s Austrian Grand Prix in Styria, Austria. There will be no replacement for Vinales, leaving Fabio Quartararo as the factory team’s sole competitor.

This sudden announcement was made by the team after Vinales’ performance during the previous weekend’s Styrian Grand Prix raised questions about “the unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider.” From the press release, Yamaha considered Vinales’ actions to might possibly cause risks to rider and possibly posed a danger to other riders during the race, basing its decision on analysis of telemetry and data taken from Vinales Yamaha YZR-M1.

2021 MotoGP: Maverick withdrawn by Yamaha Factory for Austrian GP for “irregular operation” of race bike

The statement also detailed decisions regarding future races will be taken after a detailed analysis of the situation and discussions with Vinales. During the Styrian Grand Prix, Vinales stalled his race bike on the reformed starting grid after the initial start was red-flagged due to a fiery racing incident between Dani Pedrosa and Lorenzo Savadori.

Forced to start from pit lane as per racing regulations, Vinales finished the race in last place, one minute and three seconds behind race winner Jorge Martin of Pramac Ducati. In the 2021 MotoGP season, Vinales finished first in the season opening Qatar Grand Prix followed by a second place in the Dutch TT in Assen.

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Mohan K Ramanujam

Coming with diverse and extensive experience in heavy engineering, Mohan enjoys making anything with wheels go fast, especially motorcycles. His weapon of choice is the Desmoquattro engine, and he has a penchant for anything with a dash of Italian design. Strangely enough, he insists he's a slow rider.



  • donno on Aug 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    this is not the biggest news in motoGP

    The biggest news is next year Petronas will no longer sponsor SRT (yay from all malaysian motoGP fans!)

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  • anonymous_c on Aug 13, 2021 at 9:55 am

    changing from number 25 to 12, does nothing much for him

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  • Fogarty916 on Aug 18, 2021 at 12:10 am

    All the talent & behaves like a child. Worse than John Kocinski.

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