MotoGP »

MotoGP Aragon: Maverick turns Top Gun in fighter jet ride!

“It's a really unique experience and nothing else compares, it's a once in a lifetime thing” - Maverick Vinales.
Suzuki MotoGP rookie Maverick Vinales emulated his Top Gun namesake as he took to the skies in an F-18 fighter jet ahead of this weekend's Grand Prix of Aragon.

Vinales arrived at Zaragoza air base on a Superbike, the power of which paled into comparison next to the F-18, which is capable of over 2,100 km/h.

Captain J. Barcala briefed Vinales for over an hour, teaching him the ins and outs of how to cope with the extreme G-forces produced by the fighter jet.

Then it was time to take to the skies. A one-hour flight was filled with acrobatics and combat simulations before a trip over the Aragon MotorLand circuit.

The drive from Zaragoza to Aragon usually takes over an hour and a half, but the F-18 did it under ten minutes.

MotoGP mechanics may used to the roar of 1000cc grand prix machines, but even they found themselves stepping away from set-up to look towards the skies and snap some photos of Vinales in the F-18.

It wasn't all smooth sailing for Vinales and even after years of racing the most advanced motorcycles in the world at breakneck speeds, he had to make use of the sick bags.

Nevertheless, “it was the best experience of my life, nothing can compare to this even when I was World Champion in Moto3," he said. "It's a really unique experience and nothing else compares, it's a once in a lifetime thing. I feel very privileged to have received this wonderful experience.”

Vinales will be back on his GSX-RR when Friday practice gets underway at Aragon.

Tagged as: Suzuki , Vinales , Viñales , jet

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Vinales gets ride in F-18 fighter jet (pic: Dorna).
Crutchlow, Australian MotoGP 2016
Reddng, Petrucci, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden after crash, Australian MotoGP 2016
jones, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Petrucci Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Barbera, Smith Australian MotoGP 2016
Hayden, Miller Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Pol Espargaro, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Rossi, Australian MotoGP 2016
Bradl, Hayden, Australian MotoGP 2016
Lorenzo, Australian MotoGP 2016
Redding, Australian MotoGP 2016
Dovizioso, Australian MotoGP 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


September 23, 2015 6:27 PM

You guys seem to think it's easy to develop a MotoGP bike... It's their first year back after a considerable break. They've done well, but getting from within sight of the leaders to "right up their bottle" requires a bit more time, patience, and deep understanding of the compromises involved in bike design and refinement. Vinales has done a brilliant job this year, but there are no rides available in the factory Yamaha or Honda teams in the near future, so he'll do well to stick with Suzuki for a while yet. On the topic of the article, that would be off the scale fun...


September 23, 2015 5:59 PM

Suz better bring out a stellar engine next year if they want to keep maverick....suz have a baby alien in their hands hope they produce a package next year to match his talent

© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.