Viñales suffers Aragón title setback, but signs contract until 2014

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

It was an Aragón GP weekend of two halves for Blusens Avintia’s Maverick Viñales, as the Spanish youngster suffered a technical problem on his out lap, putting paid to his race, yet signed a two year contract with the team taking him to Moto2™ in 2014.

Viñales’ FRT-Honda encountered an engine problem on the warm-up lap, resulting in the Spanish youngster being unable to line up on the grid and contest the race. This meant that with RW Racing GP’s Luis Salom winning the race and Red Bull KTM Ajo’s Sandro Cortese coming second, Viñales is now 66 points off the top in third place. The title is still mathematically possible with 100 points still to play for, yet will prove very difficult.

Team manager Ricard Jové spoke about the incident after the race: "We had a problem with the bike. We just have to look forward; we are racing, and although it is very complicated, because the competition is tightening and the performance level is evidently very strong, you have to keep fighting. We would have been fighting for victory. It is the first time that our bike truly gave up on us this year, but it came at the worst time."

With regards to Viñales kicking out at his bike on the ground after the incident, Jové said: "I would have done it even harder, but I’m older. Maverick, apart from the initial reaction, is fine. Whoever does not understand his reaction doesn’t know what it’s like to be a rider, a competitive person, a fighter and a worker, who by chance, as is the case, very clearly lost his title options."

The weekend was however not a complete disaster for Viñales, as the day before the race he put pen to paper with the Blusens Avintia team to sign a two year extension that will see him stay in Moto3 for 2013, and then switch to Moto2 in 2014.

Speaking about his renewed contract, Viñales said: "I am very happy with the decision. I understand that it is not easy and that there is always the appeal of changing category. But I think we made the right decision. I'm too young, I have a good chance of achieving the goals set for Moto3 and I think I have plenty of time to go to Moto2. To continue with the team and the people who saw me grow, with whom I feel comfortable - I honestly think that's a luxury."

TAGS Aragon

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