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After being proclaimed champion of the CEV, he made his World Championship debut in the 2011 season in the last season of the 125cc category. In his first race he was 9th in Qatar. In his fourth outing he achieved his first victory, becoming the youngest Spanish rider to win a Grand Prix. That of Aprilia would end the season with a total of 4 victories, 9 podiums and the final 3rd position in the championship after Terol and Zarco. He had entered the championship very strongly and was the favorite for 2012.

The following season started the new category, Moto3. Maverick repeated with his usual team, Avintia Racing and as a motorcycle they bet on the FTR Honda. Although he started winning and until half a season he was fighting at the top, his bike was far inferior to the official KTM of Sandro Cortese that would end up taking the title. After a controversial end of the year in which even Viñales refused to race in Sepang, he finished in 3rd position and terminated his contract with the team.

It seemed that the great promise had been lost a bit, but for 2013 he signed for Pablo Nieto’s Team Calvo and would have a KTM at his disposal. With the regularity by flag, he got 3 victories and 15 podiums throughout the season, to play the title in the last race against Luis Salom and Álex Rins. Whoever won the race would be champion. Salom fell mid-race. In the last corner, Rins tries to overtake Viñales, who returns it to him, going better to the final stretch to win the title of Moto3 world champion. He had redirected his sports career with the crown before jumping to Moto2.

By 2014 he came to the Sito Pons team to compete with Kalex in Moto2. The combination worked and you could see it from the start. In his second race, in Argentina, he had already won his first race with 600cc motorcycles. He was the third man in the championship after Rabat and Kallio, who were at a superlative level. Maverick had 4 victories and a total of 9 podiums to finish 3rd. He was in the position to continue another year in Moto2 and take the title or jump to MotoGP as an official Suzuki rider. He opted for the second option, he was only 19 years old.

In 2015 and at the age of 20, Maverick Viñales made his MotoGP debut with Suzuki and as a teammate of Aleix Espargaró. It was the Japanese manufacturer’s first season on its return and the bike needed development. Viñales gained experience, his best result being the 6th place achieved in Catalonia, which he later repeated at Phillip Island, being 12th at the end.

During the 2016 preseason the driver from Roses was the sensation and when the races started it was confirmed. At Le Mans he got his first podium in the premier class and at Silverstone his first victory. He finished the year in 4th position and what was more important: a contract with Yamaha.

In 2017, as an official Yamaha rider, Viñales dominated the entire preseason. He started the World Championship strong by winning the first two races, but from then on his results were irregular. He was in the ointment until the penultimate race with math options. He finished 3rd, taking another step in his evolution, finishing with 3 victories and 7 podiums.

2018 was not as Viñales expected, since from the first race he verified that the Yamaha was not at the level, finishing the championship in fourth position and with only one great joy, his victory at Phillip Island.

  • Date of birth: January 12, 1995
  • Place of birth: Figueras (Gerona)
  • Weight: 64 kilos
  • Height: 1.71 meters
  • Bike: Yamaha
  • Number: 12
  • Helmet: Arai
  • Jumpsuit: Alpinestars
  • Sponsors: Monster, Oakley, Arai, Alpinestars, Lang Gruppe.

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