We had already mentioned it and now the official announcement has arrived: Scott Redding will be the new Aprilia rider in 2018. The manufacturer from Noale has therefore decided to bring the Brit alongside Aleix Espargaró astride the RS-GP.
There is satisfaction on Romano Albesiano's face: “Scott is a rider who, in spite of his young age, has significant experience in MotoGP. We are pleased to have him join our project and we think that his talent and the continued growth of the RS-GP will allow the team and him to achieve important results – the MotoGP project manager commented – Our bike has grown consistently, race after race. The goal to battle stably in the top ten has been more than achieved.”
Albesiano is not lacking confidence: “With this agreement with Scott, we are preparing for next season. Aprilia will be at the starting line with a pair of quality riders that have interesting potential – he added – Aleix is demonstrating more and more that he is a high quality rider and a guarantee for the team. With Scott's contribution, we expect that the team's work will bring Aprilia even closer to the top of the championship, into the positions that such a glorious brand deserves to occupy.”
On the other hand, the team will bid Sam Lowes farewell after just one season: “He is a rider who will doubtless be able to express his talent, but right now we must make choices that allow us to fulfil our commitments to the Piaggio Group and our fans –Albesiano concluded – We will continue to work together with the efforts we have always made so that he can have a good season finale and we wish Sam all the best for his career in the future.”