Aprilia signed Espargaro, Viñales to a new MotoGP deal

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Aleix Espargaro. Image: MotoGP.com

Aprilia Racing will continue against Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales at least in the 2023 and 2024 MotoGP seasons.

The Noale manufacturer has re -signed two Spanish riders, meaning more than three years of stability in the roster if a new deal is seen.

Espargaro has been with Aprilia since 2017, when the factory team was open in a joint effort with Gresini Racing.

In the first year the program was brought home, he won a major and producer class race, at the April Argentine Grand Prix.

The victory made the 32-year-old feel “unfair” to retire this season, after years of hard work put in for what has been by far and away the most competitive brand on the box.

Despite some tensions during the negotiations, evidenced when Espargaro said that releasing him would be “the most stupid thing in the history of the world champions” after the podium finally came out at Le Mans, a new deal has already happened.

“This confirmation is only what the doctor ordered,” he said.

“We’ve worked hard together and grown together. We used to hope, now it’s a reality.

“By 2021, we have seen clear signs of steps forward and now we can fight consistently with the best in the world.

“Continuing with Aprilia is my pride. We can grow more and we want to show it on that track.

Viñales and Espargaro were friends at Suzuki in 2016, although the former came to Aprilia over a busy time with Yamaha.

He was released early from the Iwata manufacturer in the middle of last year before being suspended due to “irregular operations” on the bikes at the Styrian Grand Prix.

Viñales was then announced as the Aprilia driver for 2022, only to start being brought forward after he was overtaken by Yamaha altogether.

A temperamental character, he’s not as competitive as his peers this year, but he talks about his fun at Aprilia.

Maverick Viñales. Image: MotoGP.com

“I’m very excited to be able to continue working with Aprilia Racing,” said the 2013 Moto3 champion.

“Now our horizons are expanding and we will be able to work continuously to reach our ambitious goals.

“I believe in this project and I love being a part of it.

“I’ve found a wonderful environment in Aprilia and this confirmation gives me peace of mind to be able to grow in a way that suits this team.”

On top of Aprilia’s increased competitiveness, they are now team champions, and lost development concessions with Espargaro’s second active record with three podiums in a row.

“All the goodness done this season is the result of several components, certainly the value of designers and technicians led by Romano Albesiano, the overall growth of the racing department and, in general, the synergy that Captain Aleix has. Skilfully built with the bike and with the team,” said Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola.

“So, we set a goal to continue that line, with Aleix and Maverick, and I’m happy with that confirmation today.

“We still have to grow a lot and now we have the peace to do it.”

Espargaro is only number two to Fabio Quartararo in the drivers ’championship, with a four -point margin, before the Italian Grand Prix training at Mugello begins this afternoon (AEST).