This comes as a big shock – Yamaha factory MotoGP rider, Maverick Vinales, has been suspended from this weekend’s Austrian GP following “unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend‘s Styria MotoGP race” that they further explain “could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP race”.

What exactly these actions were are yet to be revealed but they came after a dramatic start when Vinales’s bike stalled on the warm up lap forcing the Spaniard to start from pitlane.

And this comes also after Vinales and Yamaha announced that they would be parting ways prematurely at the end of this year.
Needless to say that relations between Vinales and Yamaha are somewhat acidic at the moment.

Below is the press release from the Monster Yamaha team:
Yamaha regrets to announce that Maverick Viñales‘ entry to this weekend‘s Austrian MotoGP event has been withdrawn by the Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP team.

The absence follows the suspension of the rider by Yamaha due to the unexplained irregular operation of the motorcycle by the rider during last weekend‘s Styria MotoGP race.

Yamaha‘s decision follows an in-depth analysis of telemetry and data over the last days.

Yamaha‘s conclusion is that the rider‘s actions could have potentially caused significant damage to the engine of his YZR-M1 bike which could have caused serious risks to the rider himself and possibly posed a danger to all other riders in the MotoGP race.

The rider will not be replaced at the Austrian GP.

Decisions regarding the future races will be taken after a more detailed analysis of the situation and further discussions between Yamaha and the rider.