Having started riding competitively aged three; Maverick Viñales worked his way through minimotos and motocross before concentrating on road racing in 2002.
At just 12 years of age he was crowned Catalan Champion and took the title again in 2008 along with the Mediterranean Trophy. Graduation to the CEV championship in 2009 was a logical step and he finished runner-up, taking the title the following year along with the European 125cc title.
Viñales entered the 2011 125cc World Championship to great expectation in his native Spain, in which he subsequently came third and was named Rookie of the Year. In 2012 he continued with the Blusens Avintia team in Moto3™ aboard a FTR-Honda, where he fought with Sandro Cortese for the title.
After a few mishaps and tensions with the team, Viñales did not compete in the Malaysian round of the championship but returned for the final two races to finish the year third. For 2013 he switched to Team Calvo and produced a brilliantly consistent season, culminating in the Moto3™ world title.
For 2014, Viñales stepped up to Moto2™ riding under the management of Sito Pons and he impressed again, winning just his second race in the class and adding three additional victories as he claimed the Rookie of the Year award.
His performances caught the attention of Suzuki and they signed Viñales alongside Aleix Espargaro to spearhead their return to MotoGP™ in 2015.
Once more Viñales was named Rookie of the Year, securing second on the grid for the Catalan GP and with a best race finish of sixth in Barcelona and Phillip Island.
For the 2016 season he would remain with Team Suzuki Ecstar.
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