MotoGP » Moto3: Maverick Vinales signs with Laglisse

Laglisse's Pablo Nieto's annoucnes Maverick Vinales signing.

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November 20, 2012 11:17 AM

Everyone knows this kid is a talent. Hopefully he has learned his lesson from last year and will keep his toys in the pram in 2013.

If he romps to the title next year then 2012 may turn out to be just a small blip in a very successful career, but if he starts with the petulance again and it all goes badly wrong, it could be a career off the rails.

Plus he really needs to improve in the wet!



November 20, 2012 1:47 PM

Good to see him on decent machinery next year but I don't think he'll romp away with the title with Folger around. Folger is vastly superior in the wet and no slouch in the dry.
Looks like another cracking year for moto3.

J - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 6:21 PM

At the start of the year I thought this was the guy to beat but he was inconsistent if ridiculously fast (although not so much in the wet). I do not believe he will romp away with the title because as someone on here pointed out Folger is Hot commodity right now plus many others. Fenati might up the ante next year ...who knows. Anyway on a KTM, this guy may be up for it. I think he will win it but that is my opinion. However, go figure, he is 19 and has some maturity issues (not totally unexpected) but would love to see him pull it together.

MC - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 6:37 PM

@J. He's not even 19, he's 17. How do you expect him to react when he finds on his own personal manager is withholding information from him and manipulating him for his own benefit? I wouldn't be sticking around for long either.

M1M - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 8:15 PM

While his reaction was understandable if the accusations of double dealing by his personal manager/team manager are true, he may come to regret his comments about Honda as KTM aren't likely to be producing a competitive MotoGP bike in the next few years when he'll be wanting to move up. HRC have huge influence in the sport and Japanese factories remember these things. Sheene left Yamaha, bad-mouthing them and swearing he would never ride for them again. Then in 500GPs, when he left Suzuki for Yamaha again, because he thought the YZR was better than the RG, he kept complaining that he wasn't getting the same level of factory support as long time Yamaha rider Roberts. If true, it would hardly be surprising given the circumstances.

Olek135i - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 9:41 PM

Everyone keeps beating on this kid in the comments section but as a 17 year old, do you really think he is acting on his own? everyone acts like when they were 17 they would be so much smarter than him when 99.5% of you were in high school. This isn't him reacting, this is his parents allowing it, or maybe even influencing it! Shame on his parents for not having the business sense to put him in this situation and then allowing/orchestrating his reaction. Do you think his dad and brother are ther as spectators? You see them everywhere he is! Shame on his dad

Mike61 - Unregistered

November 20, 2012 11:42 PM

Not only is he 17, but he's a professional motorcycle racer... Probably never went to high school, probably had a strange life in general... Hard to fault the kid for acting how he did.

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