Quartararo has comfortably been the highest rider inside Yamaha’s personal steady in 2021 having scored 4 wins from the primary 9 races and opening up a 34-point championship lead forward of the summer time break.
Vinales did not get near the rostrum following his beautiful Qatar GP win till the Dutch TT, the place a nasty begin meant he might solely convert pole into second behind Quartararo.
The connection between Vinales and Yamaha has soured irreparably in 2021, with the latter requesting to have his present two-year contract terminated on the finish of the present marketing campaign.
Vinales is anticipated to hitch Aprilia in 2022, although admitted final week that his future was “at a standstill” following his resolution to give up Yamaha.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities Italy, Lorenzo – whom Vinales changed at Yamaha in 2017 – says the Vinales/Yamaha break up got here as a shock and feels his unfulfilled potential has pushed him “to desperately take one other path”.
“Everybody knew that the Yamaha/Vinales relationship was not straightforward, however no one anticipated this separation,” Lorenzo stated.
“Vinales suffered quite a bit due to the velocity of Quartararo, who was nearly all the time superior to him.
“This isn’t straightforward. For him, who has all of the potential, not having been capable of win a title in 5 years at Yamaha led him to desperately take one other path.
“Aprilia has improved, however it’s not sure that he’ll go there. He might go to Suzuki or Ducati. We’ll see what he’ll do.”
Ducati has already dominated out signing up Vinales – having been curious about him for its manufacturing facility squad for 2021 – to its roster for subsequent 12 months, whereas Suzuki’s 2022 line-up is already locked in with Joan Mir and Alex Rins.
Vinales hasn’t dominated out taking a sabbatical in 2022, however doesn’t really feel that may be the perfect state of affairs for him.
Lorenzo additionally commented on the 2021 title race, noting Quartararo has “matured” quite a bit from final 12 months and is “completely the favorite” to win.
“With Marc Marquez out for greater than a 12 months [with injury], 2020 was a little bit of an odd championship,” Lorenzo added.
“Quartararo has managed to mature his head quite a bit and has grow to be stronger than final season.
“He’s completely the favorite for the title. I’m positive Marquez will get robust once more little by little.”