“Nobody wanted to come to Aprilia”

The unusual weekend of the Argentine GP offers a magical night to Italian and other fans, with Aprilia triumphing in MotoGP for the first time. Thanks to a tough Aleix Espargarò who never gave up on the RS-GP in six years, not even when he was about to give up his career as a driver for lack of results. But together with his wife Laura he decided to continue and the arrival of the twins gave further stimuli. In 2021 the first podium arrived at Silverstone, last Saturday the first pole position, yesterday the triumph.

Aprilia enters the history of MotoGP

A duel that lasted 25 laps between Aprilia and Ducati, between the two compatriots Aleix Espargarò and Jorge Martin, where the Pramac team from Madrid held out until, with four laps to go, the RS-GP sank the blow. An authentic explosion of joy for the Noale manufacturer that repays the efforts made by Massimo Rivola, Romana Albesiano and all the men who contributed to this Piaggio Group project. “When I arrived here six years ago, Aprilia had won 54 World Championships, but the bike took a second, the team always finished last and nobody wanted to race for this team. It took a while, longer than I imagined, but we made it“.

Aprilia had never managed to win in the premier class since the four-stroke era began, nor had it ever won a pole. In 24 hours Aleix Espargarò hits both goals, establishing himself forcefully on the Termas de Rio Hondo circuit. If the Grand Prix had been canceled due to the delay of the cargo plane it would have been an unknown joke for the Venetian manufacturer. “SI became the first to take Aprilia to victory in MotoGP, nobody will take that away from me. And with work, dreams come true… It’s a clear victory, not on a wet track. I am happy not so much for me, I am lucky, I have a beautiful family and this victory does not change much in my career. But it is beautiful for all the people in Noale, for President Colaninno. Nobody believed in Aprilia, but step by step we have achieved something incredible“.

Aleix Espargarò and his family

In the Parco Chiuso Aleix phoned his wife Laura, who stayed in Andorra with her children Max and Mia. “The birth of the children gave me another charge of positive energy. I am very happy to have achieved this first win for the twins. Because it is always very difficult for me when I have to leave them at home. Being away from them is the worst thing about my job. So my wife and kids were the first thing I thought about after the checkered flag. Max recently told me: ‘In Qatar you promised me you would get a trophy, but it didn’t work out.’ He was shocked then. That’s why I’m happy to be able to tell him today: ‘Max, I’m taking home a very special trophy’“. In a few days the MotoGP will be back on track in Austin and Aleix Espargarò is excited: “It will take another eight days before I get home. But maybe I’ll take a second trophy with me“.

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