After winning the first podium with Aprilia, Maverick Vinales wants to help Aleix Espargaro become the 2022 MotoGP World Champion
Maverick Vinales was beyond happy after climbing the podium thanks to finishing third at the Assen MotoGP, the Netherlands, last Sunday (26/6/2022).
The reason is, this is his first podium with Aprilia Racing, as well as his first podium in the highest class since the same series a year ago, when he finished second before parting controversially with Yamaha.
Since separating from Yamaha, Maverick Vinales has ‘disappeared’ from the public spotlight because he needed time to adapt to Aprilia.
He also had to face the blasphemy of netizens so he resigned from Twitter, and tried to be strong after his cousin, Dean Berta Vinales, died in an accident at WorldSSP300 Jerez, Spain, last year. Now, he has risen from adversity.
“Now I’m the happiest person in the world. I couldn’t ask for more. I have a very competitive bike, a very good group, a good manufacturer like Aprilia, also a beautiful family,” said Maverick Vinales as quoted by Crash.net.
“I have everything that I dream of. I will try to be stronger even though it will not be easy because MotoGP is very fierce right now,” he continued.
Want to Help Aleix Espargaro With only one lap left in the race, Aleix Espargaro made a fatal mistake. In addition, he also had time to celebrate by waving his hand to the audience. ( https://open.firstory.me/user/cl515zqge04no01t99ym20fug )
With this result, it is hoped that Vinales Aprilia will be more consistent in fighting at the front. He has the same hope, even willing to help his tandem, Aleix Espargaro win the world title.
For the record, with 10 series remaining this season, Espargaro is sitting in second place in the drivers’ standings, 21 points behind Fabio Quartararo.
“If I get stronger and better while Aleix is close to the title, then we have to think about Aprilia,” said Vinales.
“If in a race I am faster but it is more important that Aleix finish in front of me, then I will let him pass. Because I work for Aprilia. I will help Aleix and we work well together,” he said.
Let Aleix Espargaro Overtake Aprilia Gresini racer, Maverick Vinales, became the fastest in the first free practice session (FP1) of the San Marino MotoGP which was held at the Marco Simoncelli Circuit, Friday (17/9/2021) afternoon WIB. ( https://open.firstory.me/user/cl516h0l3019601x665msagn3 )
Although he has long been friends with Espargaro and was once a team at Suzuki Ecstar in 2015 and 2016, Vinales stated that he and his new tandem really fit together since Seri Mugello, Italy, at the end of last May.
Finding good work chemistry, they also encourage each other to appear even stronger.
“If Aleix has a chance to win the title and I have to let him overtake, then I will. We both have a dream, which is to make Aprilia world champions,” said Maverick Vinales.
We want to make our bike competitive and put it at the top. This is the way,” said the racer nicknamed Top Gun. Thanks to the result at Assen, Vinales has now moved up to 12th in the drivers’ standings with a collection of 62 points. He is 2 points ahead of Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) who is out for recovery from an arm injury, and is 8 points behind Prima Pramac Racing rider Jorge Martin.
“At Mugello, we help each other and work on the gearbox together. At Assen, I tried to help Aleix in some corners where I was stronger than him,” said Vinales.
“I also learn from him every day, because he knows our bike very well. In fact, for Aleix, this bike is like his own glove,” concluded the 2013 Moto3 world champion.