F1 champion Alonso “very proud” of Aprilia’s MotoGP success in 2022 - Motor Informed

F1 champion Alonso “very proud” of Aprilia’s MotoGP success in 2022

Aprilia has loved a breakthrough season in MotoGP in 2022 during which it earned its first victory within the fashionable period – which started again in 2002 – with Aleix Espargaro on the Argentine GP.

Espargaro at present sits second within the MotoGP standings 32 factors adrift of reigning world champion Fabio Quartararo after the primary 13 rounds, whereas each Aprilia riders have made it to the podium in 2022.

Aprilia had largely occupied the underside half of the grid since its return to MotoGP in 2015, however made severe strides since 2021 with its RS-GP because it utilised results-based concession guidelines.

One other key change to Aprilia that has helped vault it up the grid was the arrival of Massimo Rivola as CEO again in 2019.

Rivola, who Alonso stated is “like a brother”, was sporting director on the Ferrari Components 1 squad previous to his MotoGP swap, and served stints at Toro Rosso and Minardi – the place Alonso and Rivola’s paths first crossed.

“Massimo for me is sort of a brother, we’ve recognized one another for a really very long time,” Alonso stated when requested about Aprilia, who he was visitor of, throughout final weekend’s Austrian MotoGP race.

“We began collectively in Minardi again in 2001, 21 years that we labored collectively in motorsport.

“And it’s unbelievable what Aprilia has achieved within the final yr and a half, and we’re all very happy with Massimo and happy with Aprilia.”

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Team

Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia Racing Staff

Picture by: Gold and Goose / Motorsport Images

In the course of the Austria weekend, MotoGP announced it will have sprint races in 2023 at each grand prix.

MotoGP has been impressed by the dash qualifying race format F1 has had at choose occasions since 2021, with Alonso expressing help for the concept – whereas noting that “every little thing MotoGP does is all the time an inspiration for different sequence”.

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“I feel it’s an incredible concept, I feel it’s going to carry some motion already to Saturday,” he stated of MotoGP’s dash race plans.

“So, we’ll all be in entrance of the TV already on Saturday not simply Sunday.

“And it doesn’t combine the outcomes on Sunday possibly by way of the grid positions, so I feel the riders will be capable of threat a bit bit extra understanding they won’t compromise their place for Sunday.

“So, I feel it’s an incredible concept and every little thing Carmelo [Ezpeleta, Dorna Sports CEO] and MotoGP does is all the time an inspiration for the opposite classes, and I feel this going to be one other one.”



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