Yamaha rider Maverick Vinales has had to delete his Twitter account after getting abuse and harassment from fans following the publication of a fake news article.

The Qatar race winner had problems in qualifying, with Dorna canceling all of his Q2 laps due to exceeding track limits and yellow flag problems. This meant he started 12th on the grid, but unfortunately fake news made his week turn sour in Spain.

The Spaniard has 363 000 followers on Twitter, which is equal to the population of countries such as Iceland and Barbados. Unfortunately, A fake news article published by a Spanish magazine said Vinales had “threatened to retire” after the Portuguese Grand Prix due to having his laps deleted. This was not true. Sadly though, the MotoGP fans thought it was and has since bombarded him in hate and abuse since the publishing of the article. The harassment has become so bad the Vinales has now deleted his Twitter in a bid to stop getting these abusive messages.

Vinales addressed the hate in a recent interview, having some nervous laughter before saying:

“It’s fake. We all have to thank Dorna for the championship it’s giving us. I’m not looking for excuses, and I always tell the truth.”

Vinales hopes to get his season back on track at the Spanish Grand Prix on May 2.

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