The fallout from Maverick Viñales' precipitate departure from the Monster Energy Yamaha team continues to reshape 2022, and perhaps even 2021. First, Aprilia announced on the Monday after Austria that Viñales would be racing for them alongside Aleix Espargaro in 2022. Then, at the end of that week, Yamaha announced they would be terminating their contract with Viñales with immediate effect.
That has freed Viñales up to start working with Aprilia immediately. After persistent rumors, today, Aprilia announced that Maverick Viñales will be testing the Aprilia RS-GP at Misano on August 31st and September 1st. The Spaniard is to get an introduction to the bike in a private and calm setting, where he and the team can work through a program of testing and adaptation.