RNF eliminates Yamaha for Aprilia from 2023

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RNF Racing will be Aprilia’s satellite team next year, announcing the upcoming switch from Yamaha.

The squad led by Razlan Razali has secured a two-year deal (plus a two-year option) with manufacturer Noale, which will see four RS-GPs in the 2023 box.

The outfit formerly known as the Sepang Racing Team now dominates Andrea Dovizioso and Darryn Binder in the premier class, and proved to be a stepping stone for the two Yamaha factory team drivers Fabio Quartararo and Franco Morbidelli.

Now it will be Aprilia who likes the feeder system, as it continues to make an impression in MotoGP.

Through Aleix Espargaro, Aprilia have been on the podium four times this year including a breakthrough victory over Argentina.

RNF Racing founder Razali explains the move: “We are very excited for our long -term partnership with Aprilia Racing.

Our philosophy remains to work with the factory team to develop drivers who will become Aprilia factory drivers.

“We will assist him in development to ensure that we remain competitive and ultimately win with Aprilia Racing.

“The proposal by Aprilia Racing completes the long -term plan, strategy and safety over the next two years and I have to thank Massimo. [Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO] for trust, confidence and faith in us.

“We’re really looking forward to next season and this new partnership.”

This is big week’s news for Aprilia, which recently announced that it has re -signed Espargaro and Maverick Viñales until 2024.

“I am pleased to announce an agreement with RNF Racing,” Rivola said.

“We certainly responded in small steps and while showing the competitiveness of our RS-GP, the natural part of the journey was to see the other two on track.

“Noale’s racing department is a legacy of true knowledge, about the technical culture that applies to high -performance motorcycles as well as sports management.

“With RNF Racing, we find partners to enhance and honor this incredible legacy.

“We think, of course, that the riders and their competitiveness are the best, but also that we are raising a new generation of engineers, technicians and managers. To continue and enhance the incredible, all-Italian tradition of Aprilia Racing.

Having been unhappy during the first seven laps of the season – RNF is in second place in the team championship – Razali explains that he wants to finish with Yamaha on high.

“At the same time, we want to thank Yamaha for their past years of working together and growing together,” he said.

“However, we will remain focused on working hard this season in order to improve results along with Yamaha and finally finish 2022 with a high record.”

Espargaro Aprilia topped the training session at Mugello overnight.