This is a true story – MotoGP winner and potential MotoGP champion, Maverick Vinales, will be coming to South Africa.

Yamaha South Africa made the announcement today that the Spaniard will be here in December to attend a special track day at Kyalami open to the first 40 people to buy a new Yamaha R1 or Yamaha R6 before the 20th of November.

Vinales bagan his Grand Prix career in 2011, racing an Aprilia in the then 125cc class. In 2013, he was crowned Moto3 world champion, earning him a spot in the Moto2 class. He had a hugely successful rookie season, winning in just the third round and going on to finish a commendable third in the championship. This earned him a place in the newly-formed Suzuki factory MotoGP team, in which he was crowned rookie of the year in 2015.

For 2017, Vinales made the move from Suzuki to the Movistar Yamaha Team partnering nine times world champion Valentino Rossi, and so far it has paid off. He was fastest through all of the pre-season testing, has won three of the first five races and so far leads the world title.

Also for 2017, Yamaha has released a new R6. This new model has a new fairing that is said to decrease wind resistance by 8%. It also features frame updates, a new rear shock, ABS, riding modes and traction control, making it the first supersport model to feature these electronic add-ons. It will be unveiled, together with the MT-10 SP, for the first time in South Africa at the SA Bike Festival taking place at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.

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