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(Reuters) – Spanish rider Maverick Vinales will leave Yamaha at the end of the 2021-22 MotoGP season, the team announced on Monday.

Vinales, 26, was signed by Yamaha in 2017 as a replacement for Jorge Lorenzo.

“Yamaha and Maverick Vinales have mutually decided to terminate their current 2021-2022 agreement at the close of this season,” Yamaha said in a statement.

“Following Maverick Vinales’ request, Yamaha have agreed to put an early end to their current two-year contract. Currently in their fifth season together, they mutually decided to go their separate ways after this year.”

(Reporting by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru, Editing by William Maclean)