Rivola: “Aprilia has a long way to go to reduce the gap with the leaders”

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The Italian brand took a big step forward in the 2021 MotoGP season, seven years after its return, being one of only two manufacturers allowed to build a new bike amid the development freeze imposed after COVID-19.

Aleix Espargaró finished consistently in the top eight throughout the campaign, further claiming Aprilia’s first podium in the modern era of MotoGP, when he was third at the British Grand Prix.

The Spanish finished the year in eighth position in the ranking with 120 points, and the CEO of the company, Massimo rivolaHe said at the end of the season: “Yes, it has been a good season compared to the past ones.”

“We really want to fight in 2022. First of all, we will be a factory team, but if we look at our progression from 2019, we hope to maintain that progress and reduce the gap with those in front, but we are behind, so there is a long way to go. to go, “he said.

Aprilia’s 2021 season was somewhat shaky, shaken by the death of Fausto Gresini, who led the Italians’ team from 2015 to February of last season. Before that, Aprilia was left with few options to fill the gap left by Andrea Iannone, who was banned from competing for four years for doping.

Noale’s brand considered some options in Moto2 and the name of Andrea Dovizioso also appeared, but the chosen one was Lorenzo Savadori, who was replaced by Maverick Viñales from the Aragon Grand Prix after his departure from Yamaha.

The Moto3 champion of the year 2013 achieved an eighth place in the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix, but only scored points in two of the last six races while adjusting to the RS-GP.

But nevertheless, Rivola is “convinced” that Aprilia will be able to bring out the best in a rider who has won nine times in MotoGP: “The focus we had with Maverick was to race as tests, so we rode with different parts and setups. point to understand what was best suited to him. “

“This meant sacrificing the results of the race, and some of his confidence, something that has been difficult to do. But I am sure that Maverick is a super talent and I am convinced that we will find a way to adjust our resources to his abilities.” , settled.

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