Maverick Vinales is Yamaha leader as he decided to renew his contract immediately and Valentino Rossi will leave the Factory team next year leaving his seat to Fabio Quartararo, who will be promoted at the end of this season.
The Spaniard does not feel any pressure on having Quartararo alongside him, but he sees him more as a motivation than a danger: Maverick lived three year being Valentino Rossi’s teammate, surely not an easy task for a MotoGP rider, but Vinales managed it pretty well.
“Valentino (Rossi) and Fabio (Quartararo) motivate me to be even faster, I do not see them as a danger. Having a fast rider as Valentino and Fabio from next year will help Yamaha to develop the bike in the right direction to be even faster” admitted Vinales in an interview to Cycle World.
Of course, Maverick wants to be the first Yamaha: “It is really important for me to be the first Yamaha after the chequered flag. Every year I felt stronger with the team. I will have the possibility to fight for the top position every Sunday on 2021”
Vinales feels confident with the Team as well: “I am ready, but also conscious that there is not a ‘number 1’ in Yamaha. The only things that matter are our results. I was searching for stability and I found it season after season. I changed teams in the past and that did not help him. For me is crucial to have a strong team spirit to be fully supported and thinking about only riding”