As Aprilia’s Technical Director, Romano Albesiano talks about the development steps over the past two seasons. The manufacturer increased by an average of 17 seconds – compared to the race winners.
The time had finally come in Silverstone. On August 29, 2021, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini climbed the podium for the first time with Aleix Espargaró. After two years before the deficit to the winner was on average 27.4 seconds, the manufacturer from Noale increased by 17 seconds in the past season.
Aleix Espargaró was not able to confirm the strong impressions of the first half of the season, but 8th place in the World Championship is still a decent final result. With Maverick Vinales, there was a second top driver who should find his way around better and better in 2022.
Technical Director Romano Albesiano says: “He will help us, I’m sure of that. My feeling tells me that it goes well with the machine. He has a great relationship with Aleix and that’s always important on a team. He is a passionate racing driver and I am looking forward to working with him even more intensively. ” After being expelled from Yamaha, Vinales scored eleven points for Aprilia.
Albesiano grants him the time and after the separation from Gresini the Italian team is facing a new era anyway. At MotoGP.com, Albesiano first looks back at the individual development steps. “Two years ago we had the feeling that we were stuck. We had to change something in order to keep up with the other teams, ”explains Albesiano. «We have radically changed the structure of the engine over the past two years. With the older version, it was more difficult for the pilots to get used to. Now we’ve found the right way. “
Albesiano believes that race director Massimo Rivola also played a part in this: “He brought new confidence to the team. He showed us the possibility that we can achieve good results and that was important in order to free up further resources in the company. “
About Andrea Dovizioso, who tested the Aprilia RS-GP several times in the summer of 2021 and finally signed with Yamaha, Albesiano says: “It was an honor to work with him. Listening to his analysis helped us because sometimes it helps when drivers from other manufacturers describe their impressions. They have comparable values and we have learned a lot from him. “
About the 2022 season, the Techical Director says: “We had to initiate a revolution, but you shouldn’t do that every winter. We now have a good base. We want to improve further in the individual areas, but avoid the revolution. “