|After a rather disappointing MotoGP season, Yamaha MotoGP squad’s Maverick Vinales spent the off-season in Cape Town, the capital city of SOuth Africa, participating in the Yamaha R World Event.|
Viñales declared that he couldn‘t stay away from the track and travelled to South Africa to take part in the Yamaha R World event. The Spaniard got an impression of the new Kyalami International Race Track, in the process. “The R World Riding Experience was so good! I really liked riding the bike and I‘ve been enjoying my stay in South Africa and riding at the Kyalami International Race Track a lot. The people that I met here were great and we had a lot of fun,” said the Spaniard. “A lot of fans came here, I‘m really happy and I appreciate the fans’ and also the staff‘s support. I‘m just really glad to be here and I for sure would like to come back. The track is really nice, it‘s like an old-school style track and I‘ve been enjoying riding the YZF-R1.”
Viñales arrived at the South African track ready to get back into the groove. He started proceedings with a private test session, followed by a six-lap session, during which he was in good company. He was joined by the local National Superbike and Supersport Yamaha riders and ten lucky Yamaha customers, who were allowed to join in on the action, riding YZF-R1 and YZF-R6 bikes.
The MotoGP rider enjoyed getting familiar with the track as well as seeing the Yamaha customers learn and progress out on track. The first half session was followed by lunch and a press conference. Viñales again played a key role there, not only handing out autographs but also hampers containing Yamaha goodies, for the customers.
After sharing his experience at the Yamaha R World Event with the local media, the Yamaha rider had some time left to enjoy sunny Cape Town to end the trip in style, before going on a well-deserved holiday.
Vinales in the 2017 MotoGP season
Vinales ended the current season in third place with a total points accumulation of 230. He captured three wins at the season-opener in Qatar , followed by another win at the Argentine track. A third win came in France’s Le Mans track. The next Grand Prix, the Italian GP, saw Vinales took up runner-up spot. The early season barrage put him in championship contention. But, it won’t last as the Spaniard hit a drought through the mid-season which saw him score just three podiums until the end of the season for a tied third place finish in the riders’ standings.