MotoGP » Moto3: Maverick Vinales quits Avintia team!


"I wanted to leave the team after the last three races of the year, but they wouldn't agree so I'm heading home" - Maverick Vinales.

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Ben1

October 19, 2012 11:22 AM

Disappointed with the team, but even more disappointed in Vinales (favourite Moto3 racer). If he wasn't satisfied with them since half season, why he signed a two-year contract? He don't have chance for the championship, but as a real racer he should fight for the second place, even with a rubbish bike. Then leave them after the last race.
I'm not afraid this move will make him unpopular for other teams. They all know he's the fastest. Hopefully he can get a top bike, KTM or Aspar. Altough if he thinks Blusens is a second division team, I don't know which teams are first division.

petrolbonce

October 19, 2012 11:25 AM

@M1M his contract with his manager and his contract with his team are two separate legal entities. If he has signed a contract with his team that is a free standing agreement unless there is something in there specifically conditional on his contract with his manager. If he has signed a contract with one body that somehow contravenes a contract he has with somebody else then he is the party in the wrong.

It was announced that he had signed for next year. So that actually weakens his position in terms of walking out on them this year. If he had a problem with the team he wouldn't have signed for next year.

M1M - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 11:35 AM

@petrolbonce. My point was that as Vinales' personal manager is also Avintia's team manager, then it may not be so clear cut. By acting with a clear conflict of interest when he got Vinales to sign for Avintia without telling him of the other offers, I think that Vinales' lawyers will have a lot of room to argue that it makes the team contract void - and the managerial one. It's certainly against natural justice. and in civil cases a lot can be made of breach of intent as well as the letter of a contract.

mrfill

October 19, 2012 11:45 AM

@petrolbonce
If he signed because he didn't have a problem with the team, why is he now being so critical of them? His statement doesn't mention about missing out on signing for a KTM-based team because his manager stitched him up. He says he wanted to leave at the end of the season but they wouldn't let him. It doesn't add up.
2 questions
1 - Did he really sign up for 2 years with the team?
2 - Has he sacked his manager?

Its all a shame ending the season this way giving Cortese the title on a plate.

RSMick

October 19, 2012 11:57 AM

It is likely that he will be sued by the team for breach of contract.

Then he will sue his manager for breach of contract, ie not working in his best interest. However Jove may argue that this was the best deal for his rider if the other offers are true, we don't know what they contained.

M1M - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 12:12 PM

Assuming the statements made about other offers and the team manager are correct, I'm not sure it matters whether the offers were "better" or not. If they were better in the sense of involving more money, that wouldn't be better for Vinales if his priority was a quicker bike. If the manager was on a percentage of the deal then he might have wanted the more lucrative deal though. While the contracts are legally distinct, because they were between Vinales and the same person in both cases, one as rider manager and one as team manager, then there's a likelihood that any damages would be offset one against the other.

mrfill

October 19, 2012 12:34 PM

Bearing in mind that Vinales is hot property, you can bet that Dorna will be twisting arms and knocking heads together to get this sorted out. The legal side will get sorted out the usual way with a sack of cash and a suitable ride will be found.

His popularity in Spain, rather than lawyers, is more likely to resolve this glitch.

petrolbonce

October 19, 2012 12:39 PM

@RSMick the problem he has is that if he is sued for breach of contract that could stymie his chances for next year.

We all know these cases can take months. If Avintia sue then it's possible that they will ask for a court order preventing him from riding for anybody else until the case is settled. If the case does run on into next season that would effectively finish his season before it starts.

Even if they don't ask for such a court order other teams may be unwilling to sign him with the Avintia contract hanging over him.

herewego - Unregistered

October 19, 2012 12:54 PM

There's probably more to this than it being just about the bike or he wouldn't have re-signed with them! I'm sure it was said that as Maverick hadn't been doing so well lately, he wouldn't be given a place in Moto2 and would have to stay with Moto3, so things have probably got a bit heated, words said, dummies thrown etc. and Maverick has done what most young hot heads do - walked out in a strop!!

RSMick

October 19, 2012 1:00 PM
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True although the law in Spain may not be so tight as ours, but this is why a lot of people are saying by time he lands back in Spain he could be severely regretting this and end up with sponsors walking away.

Dennis Noyes (has a vested interest in BQR)has just tweeted that in a time of struggling for sponsorship motorcycle racing does not need this, I doubt Vinales does either.

Perhaps he will be like his namesake as Rich Hall says: He's a motorcycle racer, pretty good motor cycle racer, then has a crisis of confidence runs away, meets a woman who persuedes him he is the best, comes back an even better motorcycle racer. There you go another Tom Cruise movie.

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