Movistar Yamaha has confirmed that Maverick Vinales has accepted a contract for the following two years. The Spanish rider will leave Team Suzuki Ecstar at the end of the 2016 MotoGP season. He will ride the YZR-M1 for the 2017 and 2018 MotoGP Championship, alongside Valentino Rossi.
Maverick Vinales has displayed tremendous form in the 2016 MotoGP Championship. He achieved his very first podium in MotoGP, a few weeks ago in France. Currently, Vinales stands fifth overall in the championship and is riding the wheels off his Suzuki.
Vinales has won the Rookie of the Year award three times. The first instance was in 2011 for the 125cc, he secured the same award in 2014 for Moto2 Championship. Last but surely not the least was the Rookie of the Year award for MotoGP in 2015.
The Spanish rider will be replacing three-time MotoGP Championship winner Jorge Lorenzo. Yamaha is confident that Vinales is a future star and alongside Valentino Rossi, he will further improve. Maverick Vinales is confident that the Yamaha will suit his riding and his ambitions.
Jorge Lorenzo will be riding next season for Ducati and it is most likely that one of the factory rides will lose their ride. Team Suzuki Ecstar has confirmed that they have acquired Andrea Iannone's service for two years in MotoGP. The 2017 MotoGP Championship will have the biggest reshuffle and should be an interesting upcoming season.