He switched from Suzuki to Yamaha in 2017, and everyone expected him to be the new star of the “three tuners” and a serious challenger to the then-dominant Marc Márquez. But his relationship with Yamaha deteriorated rapidly in 2021, culminating in the mid-season termination of their partnership. Aprilia became Viñales’ new home. He had been looking for a long time, but by the second half of last season, he was able to compete with his teammate Espargaro in terms of speed. This year, he will be looking to continue the trend and maybe even make an impact on the title fight like his teammate.