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Aprilia announces that Viñales will run the MotoGP Aragon GP

The Aprilia MotoGP team has announced through a statement that its new rider, the Spanish Maverick Viñales , will take part in the Aragon Grand Prix , and that he will do so as the regular rider, replacing Lorenzo Savadori and together with his new teammate Aleix Espargaró . In addition, the Italian has been renewed as a tester for 2022 and will still contest a wild card this year when he is fully recovered from the injury he sustained at the Styrian GP.

Viñales piloted the RS-GP for the first time this Tuesday in a private test for testers at the Misano Circuit, and the first sensations of both the pilot and the team were very positive.

Maverick himself assured that he had ridden on his first day with the Aprilia in 1:33.0, a very respectable time to be in contact with the new bike, if we take into account that in FP1 of the last Grand Prix held on that circuit , Maverick himself with the Yamaha rolled in 1:32.589.

This Wednesday, the Spaniard continued to work on the track together with a large group of technicians from Noale ‘s house, who are working against the clock to fine-tune the RS-GP prototype with which Viñales will reappear in the championship.

The Catalan’s last race with Yamaha in MotoGP was at the Styrian Grand Prix , on August 8, where the rider behaved abnormally with the bike in the final laps, triggering a storm that had been dragging on since the end of June, when the pilot asked Yamaha to terminate the contract year that united both parties in 2022.

Yamaha took advantage of Mack’s error at the Red Bull Ring to force his suspension first, preventing him from racing in the Austrian Grand Prix, and his immediate dismissal on August 20.

Before this drastic decision, Aprilia announced on August 16 the signing of Maverick for the 2022 season, but as anticipated, after learning of the dismissal by Yamaha, all the necessary means were activated so that the debut at handlebars of the RS-GP will be ahead of the Motorland race.

Massimo Rivola , CEO of Aprilia Racing, commented: “We are very proud to be able to announce our plans for this season and for 2022 with the aim of optimizing the contribution of our three riders to the maximum. Together with our confirmed rider, Aleix, he is a pleasure to welcome to the Aprilia Racing team a talented athlete like Maverick, who has shown a great feeling with the team and the bike from the first moment and who I am sure will be able to give the best of himself already in the GP of Aragon”.

“At the same time, we also confirm Lorenzo’s role as test driver for 2022. This is an essential position that rewards the great effort he has shown in developing the new RS-GP, while he will finish the 2021 season taking advantage of the wild card that we will decide together as soon as he is back to 100% of his physical form”.

Romano Albesiano , Technical Director of Aprilia Racing, stated: “The decision to have Maverick on the track from Aragón is a direct result of the tests carried out in Misano. It was not a fact that, after a career so far with motorbikes with online, Maverick had a good feeling with our V4 right away. That’s why the test on this track, historically difficult for our bike, was an important evaluation. Therefore, we are satisfied with the positive reactions from Maverick immediately, which showed a good feeling both with the RS-GP, as well as with the team and our working method. His talent and that of Aleix, combined with the experience Lorenzo has gained this season, make us optimistic about the future of our MotoGP project.” .

(Click on this link or pass the images to see the photos of Maverick Viñales with Aprilia in the Misano test)

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