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Lovely stuff. As we outlined and dated a week ago. Here’s the announcement:

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Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd announce the signing of Maverick Viñales to ride for the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team for 2017 and 2018.

Viñales, who is presently fifth in the MotoGP Championship standings, will partner nin-time World Champion Valentino Rossi, whose contract renewal was already announced in March this year.

Maverick Viñales, born in Figueres (Spain) on 12th January 1995, made his World Championship debut in 2011 in the 125cc Class. His racing career highlights include the victory of the Moto3 World Championship in 2013 as well as three ’Rookie of the Year‘ awards in 2011 (125cc), 2014 (Moto2) and 2015 (MotoGP).

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