Maverick Vinales On Edge Of Joining A Illustrous Club
After a his first Apriliia podium in Assen and a great start the second half of the season in Silverstone, Maverick Vinales is on the edge of joining a illustrous club – here is who he would be joining.
Since joining MotoGP in 2015 has raced but more importantly won for both Suzuki and Yamaha. Many thought that when he made the switch to Aprilia his race winning days were over.
However, Aprilia came back for the 2022 season with an incredible bike. Vinales’ teammate Aleix Espargaro is fighting for the championship.
Vinales himself is getting closer and closer to the top, even achieving two podium finishes in Assen and Silverstone – a win is just a matter of time.
Vinales’ first podium for Aprilia was celebrated even by his teammate – Image provided by Motorsport Images
For the Spaniard, winning on the Aprilia would be a very special thing, given he has done it on the Suzuki and the Yamaha already.
Vinales would be joining an exclusive club of riders that have won a Grand Prix for three different manufacturers.
You’d think it is obvious who is a member of the club buit don’t be fooled. No Rossi, no Stoner, no Lorenzo – not even grandmaster Giacomo Agostini is on the list.
Since the start of Grand Prix motorcycle racing in1949 only Mike Hailwood, Eddie Lawson, Randy Mamola and surprisingly Loris Capirossi have done it.
Although the Austrian Grand Prix was a set-back for Vinales. He blames losing several positions during the race on a poor tire choice.
However though, the Spaniard seems to be able to fight for podium finishes on a regular basis again. Aprilia seems to have given him a package he feels comfortable with. Now ther’s just one thing missing – a win.
Riders with wins for three different manufacturers:
Mike Hailwood: Norton, MV Agusta, Honda
Eddie Lawson: Yamaha, Honda, Cagiva
Randy Mamola: Suzuki, Honda, Yamaha
Loris Capirossi: Yamaha, Honda, Ducati