Valentino Rossi has officially moved to the Satelite team, Petronas Yamaha SRT starting this 2021 season. Even so, Maverick Vinales as Rossi’s former colleague in the Factory team believes that Rossi’s role is just as important for Yamaha.
Maverick Vinales himself is a big fan of The Doctor since he was a child. He has also succeeded in realizing his dream of becoming the idol’s partner in the Monster Energy Yamaha Team in the last three years.
The two of them competed fiercely several times, but their relationship was arguably very close and compact in the development of the YZR M1 Motor.
Unfortunately, this couple had to split from the 2021 season along with Valentino Rossi, who ended his contract with the Factory Team, then agreed to move to a satellite team, the Petronas Yamaha SRT Team. Meanwhile, the place left by Rossi was taken over by Fabio Quartararo.
Vinales believes that the absence of Valentino Rossi in his team will feel very different, but according to him in essence all Yamaha riders have the same role, namely the development of the YZR M1.
“I think the absence of Vale in our team will be very different. We’ll see if the effect will be positive or negative.”
“But for me it will be positive, because in the end our motorbike development has changed,” said Vinales in his interview with Las Provincias.
Yes, Vinales believes that Rossi’s role for the development process of the YZR-M1 motorbike is just as important as when he was in the Factory team. Moreover, the YZR-m1 he will drive will have the same specs as the Team Monster Energy personnel.
“I will try to improve the performance of our bike with Fabio, we will work together better and I think that is an important key.”
“Vale will also make an important contribution to Yamaha. In the end, he just moved the garage, the bike is still a factory bike, so he will still be involved, “he said.
Furthermore, Vinales admitted that he was amazed by the fact that Rossi was able to continue racing at the age of 42 years.
“I don’t know if I can have a career during Vale. But I am grateful I am a hard worker, and I am still far from my full potential. I will try to work hard for Yamaha and develop our bikes,” he concluded.