Maverick Viñales on the podium at Le Mans
Maverick Viñales on the podium at Le Mans

Image courtesy of Suzuki Racing

In a widely anticipated move, Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd has announced the signing of Maverick Viñales to ride for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team for 2017 and 2018.

Viñales, who is presently 5th in the MotoGP™ Championship standings, will partner 9-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, whose contract renewal was already announced in March this year.

Maverick Viñales, 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 in the Moto3™ World Championship in 2013 as well as 3 ‘Rookie of the Year’ awards in 2011 (125cc), 2014 (Moto2™) and 2015 (MotoGP™).