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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 – getting into its first marketing campaign since its comeback as an outright producer group having beforehand run its operation at the side of Gresini Racing – made main adjustments to its RS-GP final yr having been the one marque in a position to freely develop its bike coming into and all through 2021 owing to concession rules.
The marque has seemingly made additional features 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 yr to actually present its progress, Espargaro replied: “Sure, for certain. Final yr we achieved the primary podium, so clearly we’re going to attempt to win.
“But it surely’s very troublesome. I believe this yr the championship goes to be probably the most troublesome of the historical past of MotoGP for certain 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 troublesome goal, we’re nearer than ever.”
Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Workforce
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Waiting for the 2022 marketing campaign, Espargaro believes a practical goal shall be to complete within the prime six within the riders’ standings this yr and rating near 200 factors, having amassed 120 in 2021.
“What’s going to make me glad is troublesome to present a transparent reply, as a result of I’m at all times very bold – perhaps an excessive amount of,” he added.
“So, I can do a superb championship, perhaps end within the prime six and I can’t be glad sufficient. However that is a part of life, a part of sport.
“The vital factor is to be happy with the job and the work you’ve carried out. And the factor to be happy with shall be to enhance the championship of final yr.
“This shall be essential. Final yr we completed eighth within the championship, so if this yr 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 believe will probably be a practical championship.
“You can’t 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 glad 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.”