Riders’ negotiations for 2021 are already a big focus for the next season, considering that a lot of contracts are about to expire, especially top riders one. Every move could provoke a big domino creating a really interesting scenario where a lot of guys will change team and this could be really good for the show as long as everything could be unpredictable.
One of the top rider who could change his team is Maverick Vinales; the Spaniard joined Yamaha in 2017 winning three races in his first year, one in his second one and two during this championship for a total of six victories with Iwata’s crew. Over that, Maverick was the only Yamaha rider who scored wins in 2018 and 2019 as long as his teammate Valentino Rossi was really close last year in Sepang and this year in Austin but did not manage to win that races.
Anyway, Vinales’ seat could be in danger, with Fabio Quartararo ready to jump in the Factory Team in 2021 and Valentino Rossi who could extend his eternal MotoGP journey. This is why Maverick and his manager are starting to look over Yamaha considering the possibility of changing team in 2021 even if the priority is to stay with his actual crew.
Paco Sanchez, Maverick’s manager, did not exclude anything: “Sepang’s victory did not change anything. Anyway, what Fabio Quartararo will do and what everyone is going to do, do not hurt us because Maverick will follow his road and we are sure that he will have a competitive bike. His future could be with Ducati, Honda, even coming back to Suzuki, or staying with Yamaha, if they will be right”.
There are still no official negotiations but a lot of talks for 2021 as confessed by Sanchez: “I am talking with a lot of people, but nothing official yet. The market is a little bit slower than previous year. Maverick’s priority is to stay and he does not want to leave, but it is Yamaha that maybe is thinking to other riders. My job is to find the best solution for and I hope that one of the option is going to be Yamaha and then he will choose the best one for him”