In a brief Statement, Yamaha have confirmed they have obtained the services of Maverick Vinales for the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP seasons
Vinales will join Rossi on team Movistar Yamaha team with Jorge Lorenzo moving on from the team at years end.
"It is with great pleasure that Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. announces the signing of Maverick ViÌ±ales to ride for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team for 2017 and 2018." A statement from Yamaha read. "ViÌ±ales, who is presently fifth in the MotoGP Championship standings, will partner nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, whose contract renewal was already announced in March this year.
Maverick ViÌ±ales, born in Figueres (Spain) on 12th January 1995, made his World Championship debut in 2011 in the 125cc Class. His racing career highlights include the victory of the Moto3? World Championship in 2013 as well as 3 'Rookie of the Year' awards in 2011 (125cc), 2014 (Moto2) and 2015 (MotoGP).
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