At this stage, it is not known when Vinales will return to action. This weekend’s Grand Prix of the Americas would have been the Spaniard’s third official outing with Aprilia, having joined the marque at Aragon following his sudden departure from Yamaha in August.
He scored points at the San Marino GP in 13th and managed to qualify 10th, showing major signs of progress in adapting to the RS-GP.
Ahead of last Sunday’s WSBK action at Jerez, a minute of silence was held on the grid for all of the paddock to pay tribute to the late Dean Berta Vinales.
Tragically, Vinales is the third teenager to have died in 2021 during international motorcycle racing events, with 14-year-old Hugo Milan killed in a crash in a European Talent Cup race at Aragon in July and 19-year-old Moto3 World Championship rider Jason Dupasquier passing away in May after a serious incident at Mugello.
Aprilia has not said if it will field test rider Lorenzo Savadori in Vinales’ place this weekend in America.