After much discussion, it has now been confirmed that Maverick Vinales will start appearing with the Aprilia factory team for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP race.
According to the MotoGP website , Maverick Vinales will make his debut at the Aragon MotoGP race at the Motorland Aragon Circuit, Spain, 12 September.
Maverick Vinales will replace main driver Lorenzo Savadori for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP and become Aleix Espargaro’s teammate.
Meanwhile, Aprilia has also decided that it will continue to field Savadori in several 2021 MotoGP races with wildcard facilities. Currently, the driver is focusing on recovering from the injury.
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Aprilia’s Senior Comments
Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing, said: “We are very proud to announce that Maverick Vinales will start playing for the team for the remainder of the 2021 MotoGP race and continue into 2022.
Meanwhile, Tuesday and Wednesday (August 31-September 1) are special moments for Maverick Vinales. The reason is that for the first time the former Yamaha racer tried the Aprilia RS-GP motorcycle at a test session at the Misano Circuit, San Marino.
On the first day of testing, Maverick Vinales really took this opportunity to get to know the Aprilia RS-GP motorcycle.
According to the Corsedimoto website, Maverick Vinales asked the mechanical team to apply the motorcycle settings used by Aleix Espargaro when he brought Aprilia to make history for the first time on the podium at the British MooGP race at Silverstone Circuit, last weekend.
The seriousness of Maverick Vinales can be seen by devouring a total of 56 laps even though the afternoon session was interrupted by rain and he also tried the motorbike with wet compound tires.
The record time is quite decent for the size of a racer who debuts with a new motorbike. He devoured the record time of 1 minute 33 seconds.
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So Sweet! After bringing Aprilia to make history in MotoGP, Aleix Espargaro: This victory is for my wife
After a long absence from participating in the highest class of the Motorcycle Racing World Championship, Aprilia took part in the MotoGP event in the 2015 season.
After years of struggle, Aprilia through their rider, Aleix Espargaro made a sweet history in the MotoGP event.
Yes, in the British MotoGP race at the Silvertone Circuit on Sunday (29/08/2021), Aleix Espargaro successfully finished third and made Aprilia record the first podium in the MotoGP era.
Aleix Espargaro even achieved this record with a slick performance. He successfully won the duel against Ducati rider Jack Miller on the last lap to secure third position.
Celebrations like having just tasted victory broke out. Both Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro dissolve in euphoria. A third podium that felt like a win and they deserved to celebrate.
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Aleix Espargaro’s Comments
When interviewed at parc ferme after confirming the third podium of the 2021 British MotoGP race, Aleix Espargaro also revealed his feelings.
In particular he dedicated the victory to his wife, Laura Montero. Because according to him, his wife gave him extraordinary support during difficult moments with Aprilia .
“I am very happy. I waited a long time to feel this podium. We are working step by step . I am working very hard and so is the team,” said Aleix Espargaro.
“For us this race is like a dream come true. This is not an easy race. I dedicate the victory to the team and especially my wife.”
“He was always there to support me when I felt a difficult moment. This is for you Laura,” he continued.
Aleix Espargaro’s third podium in the British MotoGP race is a dangerous alarm for competitors. Because this is a warning that another manufacturer has the potential to climb the podium.
Moreover, starting MotoGP 2022, Aprilia will be strengthened by former Yamaha racer, Maverick Vinales. The combination of Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales would certainly be very scary.