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The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini presents its team for the MotoGP season 2021 shortly before the first test drives in Qatar.
Aleix Espargaró and Lorenzo Savadori are still there as drivers.
The team also includes Massimo Rivola and Romano Albesiano.
The Aprilia RS-GP has been extensively developed for 2021.
Savadori should continue to gain experience in MotoGP.
He only joined the team in the middle of last season.
Aleix Espargaró is entering his fifth season with Aprilia.
The 31-year-old is supposed to lead the team.
The racing machines underwent extensive further development over the winter.
The progress is evident in the redesigned fairing, which is supposed to bring more efficient aerodynamics, …
… as well as on the carbon rear swing arm.
But also under the cladding should have been modified richly.
The chassis, the engine and the electronics were packed.
“We know we’ve made a big step forward”, explains team director Romano Albesiano.
Of course, the Aprilia team also has goals. This year you want to pick up where you left off last year.
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Aprilia in MotoGP: works team until 2026
Aprilia in MotoGP
There as a factory team until 2026
From 2022 Aprilia Racing will compete as a manufacturer with the official RS-GP machines as a works team in MotoGP. An agreement that has now been made with Dorna guarantees the plant will be used until 2026
The Aprilia colors in MotoGP have been upheld by the Gresini Racing team since 2015. The agreement with the Gresini team will expire at the end of the 2021 season and will not be extended.
Works team instead of Gresini
Will occur from 2022 Aprilia then with Aprilia Racing as a works team in the highest motorcycle racing class. A corresponding contract, which stipulates the participation of the Italians until 2026, has now been announced by Aprilia Racing and Dorna. Aprilia would like to continue the successful work of the Gresini team for the next five seasons. In memory of the recently deceased Fausto Gresini, Aprilia Racing values the Gresini team very much and thanks them for the years together.
The current Gresini team is still contesting the 2021 season.
“I am very happy about this agreement. From next season we will be participating as the Aprilia Racing Factory Team. This opens up new and hopefully great opportunities and we have a lot of additional work to do. It is an obvious step that we are about to take when we see the first positive signs of the hard work in Noale, especially for our structure and, consequently, for our beautiful RS-GP bikes. At this point, our thoughts and gratitude go to Gresini Racing, who have been with us over these years. With fond memories of Fausto, I wish the team and all of its employees every success for the coming seasons”, comments Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing, on the new agreement. However, he did not comment on a possible customer team.
In the meantime, the Gresini Racing team has announced that they will compete in MotoGP with their own team in 2022. However, details were not given.
Aprilia is entering MotoGP with a works team, taking over the part that the Gresini squad has played since 2015. Meanwhile, Gresini Racing itself announced that it would start with its own team in MotoGP from 2022.
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