Aprilia proved to be one of the most promising teams in the 2022 MotoGP season, winning 1 race and 8 podium finishes. Now Aprilia Racing is facing a double great challenge, to confirm itself in the world fight and continue to grow, with a few more weapons at its disposal, starting with the satellite team and its riders Miguel Oliveira and Raul Fernandez and the additional flow of information that it will be used for the development of the RS-GP.
But the spotlight will certainly be on the number 41 garage where Aleix Espargaró will once again be fighting for the championship after his fourth place last season - with more than one regret. Team veteran by statistics and "Captain" by unanimous acclamation, Aleix will be able to count on both the perfect symbiosis with a team that has been following him since 2017 and on the experience and maturity that he has built up over more than 200 Motorcycle World Championship Grand Prix races.
For Maverick Viñales, the positive pressure is just as clear. The talent of the rider from Roses will now be able to rely on complete harmony with the structure of the team and the characteristics of the RS-GP. If 2022 was a year of growth with some spectacular high points, 2023 promises to be the year when he will achieve high-level consistency.
Tester Lorenzo Savadori is more than confirmed. His work has been one of the pillars on which Aprilia's huge growth has been built over recent seasons and he will also be participating in three wild cards, still to be decided.
On the technical front, the evolution of the Aprilia RS-GP involved every single aspect. The V4 engine, which cannot evolve during the season after losing concessions, has increased in power and maximum RPM whilst maintaining its outstanding rideability. The chassis architecture relies on a frame that has been revisited based on the riders’ requests, striving for traction and stability. The aerodynamics maintains the concepts introduced in 2022 such as the curved side panel or the characteristic configuration of the front winglet and evolves them, confirming Aprilia Racing’s technological leadership in the sector. The electronics benefit from the introduction of a new Magneti Marelli ECU and refined strategy management, the object of constant work which will continue race after race.
Aprilia Racing’s growth from a structural point of view also continues. New arrivals on the factory team and new organization to follow the team clients are the most evident results of this. The racing department from Noale thereby perseveres in its commitment to improving from an organizational point of view, as well as in the technology the RS-GP brings to the race.
“Our growth is undeniable, as is how rapidly we improved,” says Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola. “It is a path that did not come about by chance. We are a better company from every point of view, so I expect this trend to continue.”