Aprilia is in the middle of its best season ever in the modern era of MotoGP, the 2021 RS-GP package has improved allowing Aleix Espargaro to consistently be in the top six. He currently occupies the eighth position in the standings after nine races, with 61 points, 19 more than he has achieved in the entire 2020 season.
Espargaro briefly commanded the Sachsenring race, having conquered the front row in the premier class for the first time since 2000 (when it was still called 500cc). Furthermore, the steps forward shown by the RS-GP have begun to attract big names as well. Andrea Dovizioso decided to run a test program with Aprilia earlier this year and was ready to race in 2022, although now it seems he is leaning towards Maverick Vinales. The Spaniard will leave Yamaha at the end of the season, but he admitted that his future is still stalled.
Aprilia’s weak point still remains the lack of speed in comparison with its rivals, but the fact of being the only team with concessions will allow the Noale manufacturer to bring a new engine in the second half of the season. Espargaro believes that the improvements on the bike indicate that it is now ready to receive more power and is confident that it will get it before the end of the year.
When Motorsport.com asked him if he was confident that Aprilia will improve its engine this season, Aleix Espargaro replied: “The good thing about Aprilia is that, after many years, the engineers believe in me, in my work and have trust what I tell them. So they know that our current limit is the engine ”.
“The good thing is that this year they provide me with a bike that is the basis of the RS-GP 21 and that is ready to receive more power. We are using the maximum power available, the bike does not wheelie with the new aerodynamics. Now we are ready and they know that the only thing we lack is pure power on the straight, when they are in full acceleration and everything is on the bike, full power is there and it is not enough to fight with our rivals ”.
Espargaro further states: “They know perfectly well and work hard, so I’m sure we won’t have to wait until the 2022 season to receive news. I hope to have something for the latter part of this season, because we are very, very close. I want to enjoy what we are getting, because we are doing a good job, but I feel a little frustration inside me. We need a little more to fight for the podium in every race ”.