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Yamaha: 'One up - three down, Vinales crisis, weird year'

A first MotoGP riders' title since 2015 courtesy of new signing Fabio Quartararo, but also a shock mid-season split from Maverick Vinales, resulting rider reshuffle and the final chapter of Valentino Rossi's legendary career. It's little wonder that Yamaha Racing managing director Lin Jarvis describes 2021 as "a bit of a weird year for us." Everything began so perfectly, with Vinales and Quartararo winning the opening three races in a row. But cracks were already starting to appear with Vinales' results dropping from 1st to 5th to 11th. While Quartararo continued to rack up podiums and wins, Vinales wallowed at the lower end of the top ten. Fifth place at Catalunya, proved a...
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