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Maverick Vinales

This season sees the self-proclaimed Top Gun competing in his fifth year of premier class racing, his third year as a factory team Yamaha rider.

Date of Birth: January 12

Hometown: Figueres, Spain

Hobbies: Mountain Biking, Motocross and Golf

Favourite circuit: Qatar

Greatest moment: 2013 Moto3 World Champion

Maverick began racing in Minimotos at the age of three before making the switch to Motocross and eventually circuit racing.

In 2011 he moved to the 125cc world championship, racing for the Paris Hilton backed Supermarxe VIP outfit, finishing ninth on his Grand Prix debut in Qatar. He claimed his first race win at Le Mans, at 16 years and 123 days, making him the third-youngest rider to win a Grand Prix. Three further victories during the campaign meant he finished the season third in the standings, winning the Rookie of the Year award in the process.

He took another five wins the following season before moving to Team Calvo in 2013. He enjoyed a strong season and the battle for the title went to the wire, with Maverick taking the Moto3 crown in the very last corner at the final round in Valencia.

Maverick made the move to Moto2 for the 2014 season, racing for the Pons Racing team. He took his first series race victory at the Circuit of the Americas, eventually going on to finish the season in third place in the championship with four class wins and nine podiums.

He made the move up to MotoGP in 2015, signing for the factory Suzuki team on its return to the class. He enjoyed a strong debut season, finishing 16 out of 18 races and scoring six top ten finishes on his way to landing the Rookie of the Year award.

The 2016 season saw him take his first MotoGP podium with third place at Le Mans before going on to claim his maiden win at the British Grand Prix.

In 2017 he made the switch to the factory Yamaha squad, replacing the outgoing Jorge Lorenzo. His campaign got off to a dream start with a victory at Qatar, making him the first rider to win on his debut for Yamaha since Valentino Rossi in 2004. He went on to claim another two victories and seven podiums on his way to a third place finish in the championship.

2018 saw Maverick add another race win to his name, at Phillip Island, and he took podiums at Assen, the Sachsenring and Buriram.

Career Highlights:

2013 Moto 3 World Champion
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