March 21, 2023

Vinales to miss US MotoGP round due to cousin’s death – Motorsport. com

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Vinales’ 15-year-old cousin Dean Berta Vinales tragically died following a horror incident during the opening race of the Jerez round of the World Supersport 300 Championship – a feeder category in World Superbikes.  

With not even a week passing since the death of his cousin, nine-time MotoGP race winner Vinales has elected to skip this weekend’s 15 th   round from the 2021 season in Texas.  

Aprilia says it offers its “unconditional support” in Vinales’ decision not in order to race.  

A brief statement from the team read: “Maverick Vinales will not be on the starting grid for the GP of the particular Americas scheduled this weekend around the circuit in Austin, Tx

“Less than a week has passed since the accident involving Dean Berta Vinales, Maverick’s young relative, which is not really enough time to regain the particular serenity needed to race.  

“Maverick, with the full and unconditional support of Aprilia Racing, offers therefore decided to take the break on his journey of getting to know the bike and group from Noale.

“The entire Aprilia Racing family supports this choice and stands with Maverick and his loved ones.  

“There will be other times and other rounds to resume the promising journey begun together.  

“A journey that must be entirely respectful associated with the people involved plus their feelings. ”

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At this stage, it is not known when Vinales will return to action.   This weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas would have been the Spaniard’s third official outing with Aprilia, having joined the particular marque at Aragon following his sudden departure from Yamaha within August.  

He scored points at the San Marino GP in 13 th   and managed to qualify 10 th , showing major signs of progress in adapting to the RS-GP.  

Ahead of last Sunday’s WSBK action in Jerez, a minute of silence was held within the grid for all of the paddock to pay tribute in order to the late Dean Berta Vinales.  

Tragically, Vinales is the particular third teenager to have passed away in 2021 during international motorcycle racing events, along with 14-year-old Hugo Milan killed in a crash in an European Talent Cup race at Aragon in July and 19-year-old Moto3 Globe Championship rider Jason Dupasquier passing away in May after a serious incident from Mugello.

Aprilia has not said if it will certainly field test rider Lorenzo Savadori within Vinales’ place this weekend break in America.  



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