Maverick Vinales to Suzuki MotoGP?
An agreement between Suzuki and the Moto2 contender and fan favorite, Maverick Vinales, is currently on the table for 2015.
Alongside the recent announcements of renewed contracts for both Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa with Repsol Honda, the extension of Valentino Rossi with Yamaha, and the expected contract extension of Jorge Lorenzo with Yamaha, there are plenty of other developments in the works for the MotoGP 2015 season.
One of which is a possible move for current Pons HP 40 Moto2 pilot Maverick Vinales to MotoGP with Suzuki. The Japanese manufacturer was in negotiations earlier in the year with Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team), but according to Suzuki MotoGP Team Manager Davide Brivio, a tentative agreement has been reached between Vinales and the Japanese manufacturer. Only signatures and an official announcement remaining to close the deal.
Brivio, responsible for the project to bring Suzuki back to the premier class, spoke about the decision of Viñales as a rider: “We want an experienced pilot, such as Dovizioso, Espargaro or Iannone, although they are not all available. And in looking for a young rider, Espargaro and Iannone are young, but Viñales is a young talent who will clearly move quickly to the MotoGP class in the future, I hope he comes with us, but I don’t know yet.”
Viñales is currently contracted through 2015 with his current Moto2 team owner Sito Pons, but it is already evident that this talented young gun is being wooed by the class above for next year. The 19-year-old Spaniard finished fifth at Sachsenring Moto2, and is currently third in the point standings.
A broken contract would only require a fine to be paid for him to jump to MotoGP. Brivio is clear that although there are serious negotiations on the table with Maverick Vinales, the contract is not yet final:
“I don’t know if we will move forward with one young and talented rider, or with two experienced riders. The idea of a mix of experience and youth is nice and it could be interesting to work with a young rider, but we haven’t decided.
“There are several interesting riders, and I have to say also that there are several riders who deserve a factory ride. It’s a very difficult choice, and some of them will be angry with us, because we’ve spoken with at least ten of them.”