MotoGP, 2021, Austria: Last minute: Yamaha suspends Viñales! – MotoSport

The situation between Maverick Viñales and Yamaha has been deteriorating for a few weeks now, with Viñales saying he doesn’t trust Yamaha management

“Yamaha regrets to announce that Yamaha Monster Energy has withdrawn Maverick Viñales from this weekend’s MotoGP race.

The last few days mark the passage from a phase of more or less contained discontent to increasingly frontal and mediated attacks against Iwata’s company by the Vinales clan, father and son together.

First, Viñales had explained that the relationship with mechanics and boxing was good, but he no longer trusted the brand’s top brass.

The latest developments have been the somewhat childish declaration of the Yamaha team’s unilateral departure from the SSP300 by Maverick Viñales’ father.

The respective statement was accompanied by very unflattering words, while the son was often a little aggressive towards his teammate when he could, something the press has hushed up.

In short, a potentially dangerous and certainly unconstructive conflict situation that now required a reaction from the blue mark.

Yamaha’s answer was the suspension of Maverick Viñales, effective immediately. Officially, with an excuse of non-compliant engine use, but the statement makes it clear that Maverick Viñales will no longer participate in the Austrian Grand Prix:

“Yamaha regrets to announce that the Yamaha Monster Energy MotoGP Team has withdrawn Maverick Viñales from this weekend’s Austrian MotoGP race.

“The exclusion follows the suspension of the rider by Yamaha due to the inexplicable irregularity in the rider’s operation of the bike in last weekend’s MotoGP race in Styria.”

“Yamaha’s decision comes after a thorough analysis of telemetry and data over the past few days.”

“Yamaha’s conclusion is that the rider’s actions could have caused significant damage to the engine of his YZR-M1, which could have posed a serious risk to the rider himself and possibly to all other riders in the MotoGP race.”

“The driver will not be replaced at the Austrian GP.”

“Decisions regarding future races will be made after further analysis of the situation and further discussions between Yamaha and the rider.”