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2023 Author: Nicholas Abramson | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-09-01 00:14
It may seem like something far away in time, but Maverick Viñales He has only been in the MotoGP World Championship since 2011. This is the sixth season in the circus for the Figueres rider and if it weren't for the fact that it is written in the books we would say that he has been racing for much longer.
He is 21 years old and it is already his second season as an official MotoGP rider, and seeing how he managed his first win In yesterday's race for the British Grand Prix, the outbursts of childishness that at one time marred his career fade into the past. The speed in the progression of 25 would make us think that it burns stages too fast like the cicada in the story, but this story has much more of a hard-working and constant ant, although very fast.
Máverick Viñales It appeared in the world for the first time in 2011, the last year of the 125cc motorcycles in the World Championship. A brash, brave, and very, very young Mack broke all schemes by finishing his first full season in third place. The ninth position in the GP of Qatar was a touchdown and only three races later it obtained its first world-wide victory in the GP of France.
2012 was the year of absolute bewilderment. Not because it was the first season of Moto3 (where did the idea of 250 four-stroke strokes come at a low price?) But because no one, not even Viñales himself, was prepared yet to do so. such a precocious talent. The year before at Le Mans he had already become the youngest Spaniard ever to win, but he was not yet ready for the pressure of qualifying for a championship.
Aligned in the ranks of Blusens Avintia and with options for everything in the championship, Viñales unilaterally broke their relationship as soon as they reached the Malaysian GP. With a monumental and childish anger in equal parts, on the 25th, he did not accept that his FTR-Honda did not run like the rest of the motorcycles and assured that the team was third. In the same unpredictable start, he also ended his relationship with Ricard Jové, who until then had been his manager.
That start made us think of the image of hundreds of doors closing violently, but what 2013 brought us was a true jewel of the season. That year Maverick Viñales, nestled in Team Calvo and on a full KTM, Alex Rins and the ill-fated Luis Salom gave us a beautiful season in which the title was decided by Viñales' side by overtaking in the last curve of the Valencia GP. Rins. All doubts about Viñales' goals disappeared in a season in which regularity and constancy they were his strengths, adding more podiums than anyone (15) but with fewer victories than the rest (only three).
For the following year he had already closed the agreement with Sito Pons to run in his team of Moto2 mounted on a Kalex black leg. The deal would initially be for two seasons but a new rookie of the year in his career finishing third overall with four wins, four seconds and a third accelerated things.
The potential of Viñales seemed to come off the hands of the still young pilot and Davide Brivio managed to get the services of Mack, trusting him and Pol Espargaró to return to the scene of the Suzuki gsx-rr.
In 2015 it was time to adapt. MotoGP are big words, the tires, the electronics and, above all, a Suzuki that was not yet 100% with an engine lacking in performance, no seamless gearbox … Even so, we could already see a note of where the shots were going.
2016 is confirming that Viñales is not only young and fast, but is also hard-working, technical and efficient. He is developing a whole MotoGP and he is doing it in a fantastic way, step by step and always progressing positively.
Again Le mans It was his talisman and on the French circuit he made us vibrate with Suzuki's first podium on his return to MotoGP, the first bottle of sparkling for Suzuki since the 2008 Czech GP. But the party did not end here, because yesterday Viñales achieved a superb feat.
In a circuit that initially did not favor the Suzuki, with a dry race, with a correct and risky tire choice at the same time, Mack came out like a blue bolt, he put first and began to put seconds to everyone with a devilishly fast and steady pace.
The intense battle we experienced throughout the race for the podium almost made us forget a Maverick tearfully crossing the finish line engulfed in the loudest of ovations. With a sublime performance Viñales won his first race in MotoGP and a first for Suzuki since Chris Vermeulen won Le Mans in 2007.
Well, it is certain that Viñales is going to give us many more joys in the near future, but I don't know if they will be for Suzuki. In 2017 the number 25 will be mounted on Jorge Lorenzo's Yámana YZR-M1, a change of motorcycle that will unleash all the potential that Mack has locked up.
I don't think he will have any problem in his move to Yamaha, he may be one of the few riders used to changing every motorcycle season. He has only repeated this year at Suzuki, the rest of the years has been a constant change between Aprilia, FTR-Honda, KTM and Kalex, and he has always known how to go fast from the first minute.
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