Yamaha (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team) has released a statement that it is suspending and withdrawing Maverick Viñales from the Austrian GP, which takes place this weekend in Spielberg.
The relationship between the three tuning fork brand and the Spanish rider was already strained, and culminated in the early termination of the contract between the two parties. Viñales has been making pretty tough statements lately about the bike and the team. He doesn’t run for Yamaha in 2022 and, so far, hasn’t signed a contract with any other team.
See below the full statement of the Yamaha team:
“A statement from the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Team.
Yamaha regrets to announce that Maverick Viñales‘ entry to this weekend‘s Austrian MotoGP event has been withdrawn by the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team.
The absence follows the suspension of the rider by Yamaha due to the unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend‘s Styria MotoGP race.
Yamaha‘s decision follows an in-depth analysis of telemetry and data over the last days.
Yamaha‘s conclusion is that the rider‘s actions could have potentially caused significant damage to the engine of his YZR-M1 bike which could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP race.
The rider will not be replaced at the Austrian GP.
Decisions regarding the future races will be taken after a more detailed analysis of the situation and further discussions between Yamaha and the rider.“
MotoGP returns on August 15th with the Austrian GP at the Red Bull Ring Circuit in Spielberg.