The 2021 MotoGP season proved to be a breakout marketing campaign for Aprilia, as Espargaro guided it to its first podium within the fashionable premier class period seven years into its comeback.
Aprilia – coming into its first marketing campaign since its comeback as an outright producer workforce having beforehand run its operation along side Gresini Racing – made main modifications to its RS-GP final 12 months having been the one marque capable of freely develop its bike coming into and all through 2021 owing to concession laws.
The marque has seemingly made additional positive factors with its bike in 2022, ending the Malaysia check second general and the Indonesia check fourth general.
Requested whether or not he felt Aprilia needed to win a race this 12 months to actually present its progress, Espargaro replied: “Sure, for positive. Final 12 months we achieved the primary podium, so clearly we’re going to attempt to win.
“But it surely’s very tough. I feel this 12 months the championship goes to be essentially the most tough of the historical past of MotoGP for positive as a result of the extent of the riders and the extent of the bikes is unbelievable.
“However sure, we’re nearer than ever to this goal. Even when it’s a really tough goal, we’re nearer than ever.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Crew
Photograph by: MotoGP
Looking forward to the 2022 marketing campaign, Espargaro believes a sensible goal shall be to complete within the prime six within the riders’ standings this 12 months and rating near 200 factors, having amassed 120 in 2021.
“What’s going to make me completely happy is tough to present a transparent reply, as a result of I’m all the time very bold – possibly an excessive amount of,” he added.
“So, I can do a great championship, possibly end within the prime six and I cannot be completely happy sufficient. However that is a part of life, a part of sport.
“The necessary factor is to be glad with the job and the work you’ve finished. And the factor to be glad with shall be to enhance the championship of final 12 months.
“This shall be essential. Final 12 months we completed eighth within the championship, so if this 12 months we’re shut and even rating greater than 200 factors and to have the ability to keep inside the highest six of the championship, I feel will probably be a sensible championship.
“You can not end eighth [one year] after which win the championship the following, this isn’t life like even when that is what I need.
“However we’re working very arduous, we’re not tremendous, tremendous completely happy about our pre-season.
“It’s only one extra pre-season, we all know this isn’t racing, however we’re doing good, the bike has been working good from the primary laps Lorenzo [Savadori, Aprilia test rider] did in Malaysia.”