At the end of 2019 there were a lot of speculations concerning Maverick Vinales’ future; his manager said that he could leave Yamaha at the end of this year considering that his contract would have expired on 2020 and everyone thought that the Spaniard could try a new challenge in Ducati if Andrea Dovizioso or Danilo Petrucci would have left, or also Honda, but it was a quite hard possibility.
2020 is going to be a really interesting year not only because of the track, but also for what will happen outside the circuits by the way almost every contract will expire, with Marc Marquez, Andrea Dovizioso, Valentino Rossi, Fabio Quartararo, Danilo Petrucci and many others who will have to decide about their future really soon. Indeed, in the last years the moves for the next season were done in the first part of the season, so everyone should be really quick on decide their future plans.
Maverick Vinales was so the first guy to do something and surprised everyone renewing his contract with Yamaha until 2022: that means the Spaniard will race with Factory Yamaha for other two years and the big question now is who is going to be his teammate for 2021 and 2022. Will Valentino Rossi compete again and renew his contract or the 9 Time World Champion is going to retire at the end of 2020 giving his seat to Fabio Quartararo? There is also the chance of a swap between the two, with the French going into the Factory Team and the Italian into Satellite one.
This is what Maverick Vinales said: "I am extremely happy! For me it is really important to announce this at the beginning of the season, I am motivated and I want to fully focus on the 2020 season. Yamaha is like a family. Our goal is to win the World Championship and bring Yamaha to the first place, I will do my best. thanks to Yamaha for the faith they have in me, we will grow up really quickly".
Also Lin Jarvis is satisfied with the deal done: "We brought Maverick in the Factory Team in 2017 knewing he is a special talent, he is motivated and gives always the maximum. We expect a brilliant future for him with Yamaha. Maverick's decision show how much he appreciate the job done with us and the strenght with the Team. We can compete for the World Championship in MotoGP!"