The Italian producer is considered one of solely two manufacturers on the present grid and not using a satellite tv for pc construction, with Suzuki additionally solely fielding its two manufacturing facility bikes.
At present, Honda fields 4 bikes throughout its manufacturing facility squad and LCR; Yamaha fields 4 M1s throughout its manufacturing facility staff and RNF Racing; KTM has its personal manufacturing facility squad and provides Tech3 with two bikes, whereas Ducati has eight machines occupying the garages of its manufacturing facility staff, Pramac, Gresini and VR46.
The variety of bikes on the grid stays capped at 24, which means Aprilia must be part of forces with one of many present satellite tv for pc squads within the paddock.
Talking completely to Autosport on the eve of this weekend’s Portuguese Grand Prix, Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola mentioned the marque was open to increasing its presence on the grid from 2023 if the appropriate provide is there.
“If we acquired fascinating gives that may make the challenge develop, we are going to consider it,” Rivola mentioned.
Most producers with satellite tv for pc operations have offers in place that stretch past 2022, other than RNF Racing.
Andrea Dovizioso, RNF MotoGP Racing
Photograph by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images
RNF Racing was born out of the ashes of Petronas Sepang Racing Workforce, which elected to stop MotoGP on the finish of final season following title sponsor Petronas’s resolution to finish its affiliation with the outfit.
Workforce boss Razlan Razali arrange RNF Racing out of the outdated SRT entity and signed a new deal with Yamaha.
Nevertheless, that settlement was just for one yr – allegedly because of buying and selling guidelines for brand new firms, with RNF solely arrange final autumn, simply weeks earlier than the staff was formally introduced.
Ought to Yamaha resolve towards persevering with with RNF, it may feasibly grow to be Aprilia’s satellite tv for pc squad.
Aprilia additionally confirmed to Autosport that its intention was to re-sign each Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro to its manufacturing facility squad for 2023.
The latter – who scored Aprilia’s first fashionable MotoGP period victory in Argentina – revealed last time out in America that his first offer from the team made him “sad” as each events had been far aside on agreeable phrases.