The Mugello weekend will also be the home race for Aprilia and not just for Ducati, which renew the challenge this MotoGP season. The Noale company is working not only to put Aleix Espargarò in the best conditions to aim for the world title, but also for the future, because hunger comes with eating. The Granollers rider has already collected a victory in Argentina and three consecutive podiums in the last three GPs held in Portimao, Jerez and Le Mans. Massimo Rivola & Co. want to continue this winning trail and this morning they met in the company to better plan their next challenge, before setting off for the Tuscan circuit.
The dream of the MotoGP title
It will be a three-pointed Aprilia, with Lorenzo Savadori as a wildcard. After the introduction of the carbon clutch, Aprilia technicians have in mind to bring other new components for the RS-GP22, perhaps a new specification of the V4 engine is also available. “The air is beautiful, today I’m here for a pre-race meeting. These wild cards that I am doing also require tests in the laboratory, we are bringing many new solutions for the future and also at Mugello we will see many new things on the bike“.
An eye to the future and one to the present, although there is superstition it is impossible not to think about the MotoGP title. Aleix Espargarò is 2nd in the world championship standings, 4 points behind the leader Fabio Quartararo. “A wonderful result, the result of the work of all the guys here in Noale who are giving their all, and of us who are carrying out many tests. Aleix Espargarò is in a monstrous form, he is driving really strong. But you will see that Maverick Vinales will also arrive because we are working hard for both of them“. No predictions for the Mugello GP, but in the Noale pits we want to aim for the fourth consecutive podium. “Aprilia will be among the protagonists, we can go very fast, we tried and the bike is good on any type of track – concluded Lorenzo Savadori -, so we are optimistic“.
Contract chapters and satellite team
There is great anticipation for the home Grand Prix for other reasons as well. The announcement of the renewal of Aleix Espargarò’s contract with Aprilia could arrive. After weeks of back and forth, in which the rope seemed to run the risk of breaking, Massimo Rivola has guaranteed that the Venetian manufacturer will continue the adventure with his driver. Despite being a period of turmoil in the MotoGP riders market, there shouldn’t be any surprises on the other side of the garage as well. Vinales will arrive at the signing in the next few weeks, although Joan Mir’s manager, Paco Sanchez, has admitted to having talked with the Aprilia top management. In addition, work is also being done on the satellite team: Razlan Razali could choose to close the collaboration with Yamaha to join the Italian team if a good offer does not arrive from Iwata.