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Vinales Claims A Win For Historic MotoGP Race for Aprilia in Austin



April 17th, 2024

Aprilia MotoGP rider Maverick Vinales etched his name in motorcycle racing history after a stunning victory at the Grand Prix of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Vinales, who started from pole position, overcame a disastrous first-corner clash that dropped him to 11th place to emerge victorious in a MotoGP race win. This remarkable comeback not only marked his first race win with Aprilia, but also made him the first rider in the modern MotoGP era to win races for three different manufacturers in the premier class.

Maverick Vinales Takes Historic MotoGP Race Win for Aprilia in Austin

Vinales' previous victories with Suzuki (2016 British GP) and Yamaha (eight wins between 2017-2021) hold a special place in his career. However, the Spaniard emphasizes the unique significance of Austin MotoGP race win. This triumph signifies Aprilia's remarkable transformation, propelling them from a midfield contender to a MotoGP race-winning force.

"The win with Aprilia has a different value," Vinales said. "When I signed for them, they were fighting for P15 and P10 finishes. Look at how much this factory has grown!" He highlights Aprilia's struggles before his arrival in the latter part of 2021, when the team, then run by Gresini, had only just secured its first podium finish.

Vinales acknowledges the challenges that lie ahead. "Obviously, we are a big factory, but we still need time to improve and be more consistent," he admits. "This year has a lot of potential, but we must be smart and focused, especially after what happened in Portimao [with the gearbox issue]." He emphasizes the importance of experience and building confidence as a team. "We have to keep pushing forward. We are a big factory, and big factories win races. We did it in Austin, and we should be very proud," Vinales declared. "But coming from the back is more difficult than being on top from the start."

Vinales' Austin Triumph Marks Aprilia's Arrival as a Top MotoGP Contender

Prior to Austin MotoGP race win, Vinales' acrimonious exit from Yamaha and a slow adaptation to the Aprilia had fueled doubts about his ability to recapture his past form. These concerns were further amplified by teammate Aleix Espargaro's success in the 2022 and 2023 seasons on the rapidly improving Aprilia RS-GP. Speculation swirled about Vinales' future in the team, especially considering Aprilia's reported talks with reigning champion Fabio Quartararo (before he renewed his contract with Yamaha).

However, the 29-year-old Spaniard silenced his critics with a dominant performance at the MotoGP race in Austin. Vinales' victory showcased the Aprilia's evolution, not just in terms of raw speed, but also in its ability to fight through the pack. This newfound competitiveness allowed him to carve his way through the field and reclaim the lead on lap 13.

"In the past, I didn't have the weapon I have now, especially for overtaking," Vinales confessed. "I struggled to stay close to other riders. But with this bike, I can really push the braking limits. It's not easy to pass, but I can try, and that's fantastic." He recognizes the importance of a competitive machine. "I have the weapon to fight, which is crucial because you can't always start from the front. You need to be able to battle, and with this bike, I can be there with the front runners. It's a fantastic feeling," Vinales concluded.

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