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Aprilia has “a protracted strategy to go” to scale back MotoGP deficit

The Italian marque made its largest stride in direction of the entrance in MotoGP in 2021 seven seasons into its return, having been one in every of solely two producers allowed to construct an all new bike amidst the COVID-enforced growth freeze.

Aleix Espargaro proved to be a constant high eight finisher throughout the marketing campaign and scored Aprilia’s first-ever podium within the fashionable MotoGP period when he was third on the British Grand Prix.

The Spaniard went on to complete the yr eighth within the standings with 120 factors.

“Yeah, was an excellent season in comparison with the previous for positive,” Rivola mentioned on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign.

“We’re very eager to battle for 2022. To begin with, we will probably be a manufacturing facility group within the championship, but when we take a look at our progress from 19, 20, 21 hopefully 22 will preserve that development and we’ll shut the hole to the entrance.

“However nonetheless we’re behind, so there’s a protracted strategy to go.”

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Group

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

Behind the scenes, Aprilia’s 2021 season was unstable, with the marque rocked by the loss of life of Fausto Gresini – whose group ran Aprilia’s entry from 2015 to 2021 – in February.

Earlier than that, Aprilia was left with few choices to fill its second seat when Andrea Iannone was hit with a four-year doping ban – with plenty of names from MotoGP, together with Andrea Dovizioso, and Moto2 turning down the group.

Lorenzo Savadori was given the experience, earlier than being changed from the Aragon GP by Maverick Vinales following his ousting from Yamaha.

Vinales managed a better of eighth on the Emilia Romagna GP, however solely scored factors twice within the ultimate six races as he tried to adapt to the RS-GP.

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Rivola is “satisfied”, nevertheless, that Aprilia will have the ability to extract the perfect out of the nine-time MotoGP race winner in 2022.

“The method we had with Maverick was to do the races as a check, so attempting totally different components and set-up configurations to grasp what’s higher for him,” he added.

“That is for positive sacrificing the outcomes of the race itself, and a bit his confidence, which has been a bit harder to construct.

“However I’m positive we have now in Maverick a brilliant expertise and I’m satisfied we’ll discover the best way to match our assets together with his expertise.”

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