Maverick Viñales will race for Aprilia for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP season.
On Wednesday, Aprilia announced that the Spaniard would be racing the bike in the Gresini Aprilia team alongside Aleix Espargaro starting from the next race at the Motorland Aragon circuit.
The decision was taken after Viñales rode the bike at a two-day private test at Misano.
The fact that the decision was taken after just the first day is a very positive sign for the Spaniard, that he is adapting quickly to the bike.
It was of course made possible by the fact that Yamaha released Viñales from his contract after the fiasco at the Styria Grand Prix. The Grand Prix Commission also had to approve the substitution.
The decision also means that Lorenzo Savadori will revert to his role as test rider.
The fact that Savadori was still in considerable pain after surgery to fix the ankle he broke in a crash with Dani Pedrosa in the opening laps of the Styria Grand Prix made it an easier choice.
Savadori will compete in a number of wildcards later this season, once his ankle has healed.
Source: Aprilia Racing