Between Maverick Vinales and theAprilia it just seems to be love at first sight. The Spanish rider today at Misano is carrying out the second day of testing on the RS-GP, a bike on which he will make his debut in an official weekend already at Aragon, the next stage of the World Championship scheduled at Motorland in Alcaniz from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 September . The ex-Yamaha rider will take the place of Lorenzo Savadori in the Noale garage alongside Aleix Espargarò, who has just won Aprilia’s first MotoGP podium at Silverstone last Sunday, finishing third in the British Grand Prix. behind Fabio Quartararo and Alex Rins. The blue rider in 2022 will play the role of tester and may also be the protagonist as a wild card in some events of the 2022 season and in those still scheduled for the current season when he will have recovered after the ankle injury suffered at Red Bull Ring at the Styrian Grand Prix. Vinales, on the other hand, will always be engaged on the Aprilia RS-GP from Aragon to Valencia.
“We are very proud to be able to announce our plans for the current season and for 2022, with a view to maximizing the contribution of our three drivers – the words of the Aprilia Racing administrator Massimo Rivola – alongside the very confirmed Aleix we are pleased to welcome a talent like Maverick to the Aprilia Racing family, who has shown a great feeling with the team and with the bike right from the start and who I am sure will be able to give his best starting from the Aragòn GP. At the same time, we also confirm Lorenzo’s role as 2022 test rider, a fundamental position that pays tribute to the great commitment shown in the development of the new RS-GP, while he will conclude the 2021 season using the wild cards that we will decide together as soon as he returns to 100%. of the form “.
Very satisfied too Romano Albesiano, RS-GP technician ‘dad’: “The decision to have Maverick on the track from Aragòn comes as a direct consequence of the test carried out at Misano. It was not taken for granted that after a career spent so far riding bikes with an inline engine, Maverick immediately had a good feeling with our V4. This is why the test on this track, historically not easy for our bike, was an important moment of verification. We are therefore satisfied with Maverick’s immediate positive reactions, who showed a good feeling both with the RS.GP and with the team and the working method. His and Aleix’s talent, combined with Lorenzo’s experience this season, allow us to look optimistically at the future of our MotoGP project ”.