Numerous names had been linked to the RS-GP alongside Espargaro for this season after Andrea Iannone was banned for 4 years as a result of a doping offence.
In addition to MotoGP winners Andrea Dovizioso and Cal Crutchlow, main names from Moto2 in Marco Bezzecchi, Joe Roberts and Fabio Di Giannantonio had been all linked to Aprilia for 2021.
Valentino Rossi protege Bezzecchi and Roberts turned down the supply to stay in Moto2, whereas Di Giannantonio already had a contract with Gresini in MotoGP for 2022 when it might minimize ties with Aprilia.
Former World Superbike rider Lorenzo Savadori ended up getting the trip, however Aprilia is about to welcome its highest profile rider in 2022 as Maverick Vinales seems set to affix the marque after ending his Yamaha contract a year early.
The 2021 Aprilia is the strongest bike the marque has ever constructed within the trendy MotoGP period, with Espargaro constantly ending within the high six and never removed from the rostrum.
Although refusing to touch upon the Vinales hyperlinks, Espargaro says Aprilia “deserves” a high rider and believes the Moto2 riders who handed on the seat for 2021 gave up “a giant alternative”.
“I stated many occasions I felt very unhealthy when Massimo informed me that subsequent yr we is not going to have two extra bikes on monitor,” Espargaro stated when requested if the Vinales hyperlinks had been good for Aprilia’s picture.
“Additionally, when some Moto2 riders had been saying they didn’t need to be a part of us, I used to be very indignant.
“I like Aprilia, I like this mission, it appears like mine and I need to show to them that they had been unsuitable.
“These riders in Moto2 who didn’t need to come, I believe they won’t be completely satisfied sooner or later as a result of they misplaced a giant alternative and I hope that subsequent yr my teammate subsequent yr can be a really sturdy rider as a result of we deserve it as a result of we work very onerous, as a result of we aren’t removed from the highest manufacturers on the planet.”
Gresini Racing, which has run Aprilia’s manufacturing unit entry since 2015, will become a Ducati satellite squad next year and has signed Enea Bastianini to affix Di Giannantonio.
Bezzecchi is about to affix Luca Marini on the VR46 squad in 2022, which may even subject Ducati equipment, whereas Roberts has been linked to an Ajo KTM seat in Moto2.