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What does Aprilia intend to achieve with Viñales in 2021?

Aprilia is no longer the Cinderella of MotoGP and for a few days it has been at the center of all eyes. Last Sunday he achieved the first podium in the category since the introduction of four-stroke engines with Aleix Espargaró at Silverstone. This week saw the debut of Maverick Viñales with the RS-GP in a private test in Misano, with which he will make his debut at the next Aragon GP.

The premiere impressed Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola , who told Sky Italia microphones that it was important for Maverick to get back the smile he lost at Yamaha.

“If Viñales has found the passion again after a day of testing, it means that it was not too hidden,” said Rivola. “From what we are learning, he is a very sensitive guy, I understand his words about the joy of having fun again. At the beginning it is always very nice, all roses and that’s it.”

“It has adapted to the bike in a surprising way, we had some questions. Also the approach has been great, the decision to keep Aleix’s bike without making any changes, I can only be happy,” he added.

The next step will be the race debut, but Rivola pointed out that this is only intended to speed up Viñales’ adaptation to Aprilia, both to the bike and to the team. If there are results, the better, but that is not what is important at this time.

“Our goal now is to prepare for 2022 in the best possible way. At the same time, his goal is to go as fast as possible, so we will have to balance his emotions and his desire to prove, for us he doesn’t have to prove anything, he just has to to accumulate a lot of time and kilometers”.

“We are also very curious to see him in the race. We have already announced that it will be in Aragon, because the learning curve is really impressive. My approach? It does not change, I hope it works with him too.”

(Before reading on, click on this link or on the image to see the photos of Maverick Viñales with Aprilia)

Having achieved the first podium, now the bar is inevitably raised and the next goal must be victory, which, however, must not become an obsession, but part of the process of continuous growth.

“First of all, the growth of the team is important to me. The dream of winning a race is obvious, but it must be part of the evolution of the team. We have not been looking for a top rider by chance, and this will make Aleix, who already is doing very well, grow even more”, he adds.

Rivola is also very realistic about the possibility of fighting for the title, which he excludes for 2022, but thinks of it more in the long term.

“In 2023 , why not? For 2022 it’s too soon, we still have to get used to fighting, to constantly stay in the positions that count. Winning [Jack] Miller with Aleix at the end at Silverstone was great, it’s been nice and also fair to be on the podium, we deserved it”, he concludes.

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