How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales
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How Yamaha's new MotoGP era can unchain Vinales

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After the electrifying start to his Yamaha MotoGP career in 2017, Maverick Vinales has struggled for consistency. Many anticipate that the arrival of Fabio Quartararo could spell disaster, but the departure of Valentino Rossi could be just the impetus he needs

The 2021 MotoGP season is an historic one for Yamaha. It marks the Japanese manufacturer's 60th year in grand prix racing. It also marks the first of its years with Valentino Rossi where the veteran Italian won't appear in its factory line-up, having been moved aside to Petronas SRT (where he will be on a works contract) for to make way for Fabio Quartararo.

If there's ever a moment in recent times representing a true changing of the guard in the premier class, it's this.

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