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Why Maverick Viñales is special

Spaniard is one to watch as a star for the future

SCORING two Grand Prix wins in his rookie year Maverick Viñales has already demonstrated why he is a talent to watch in the future.

However the accomplishments of the Blusens by Paris Hilton rider extend further from debut victories. The fourth race of the year at Le Mans was the location of his first victory, out-foxing the tactician Nicolas Terol, and becoming the youngest Spaniard to step atop of the podium at 16 years 125; taking the record from Jorge Lorenzo.

The young Spaniard has continued to establish himself as a front runner in the 125 class with two poles, along with becoming the youngest rider ever to start back-to-back GP races from pole position, a record taken from Dani Pedrosa. In addition following the pole at the Dutch TT, he became the youngest to take the clean sweep of pole position, race win and the fastest - again taking the record from the previous holder Pedrosa.

Before Viñales’ win in France, no rider had won in the 125cc class having started in less than five GP races since Noboru Ueda won in Japan in 1991 when making his Grand Prix debut.

Following his win at Assen, he is the second youngest rider ever to have two GP wins; only Marco Melandri has had two GP victories at a younger age. If Viñales takes another win before the end of this season he would become the youngest rider ever to take three GP victories.

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