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MotoGP, Massimo Rivola CEO of Aprilia Racing

OFFICIAL. The Noale Racing Department consolidates with the arrival of the former Ferrari sports director and Maranello Driver Academy Manager

MotoGP: Massimo Rivola CEO of Aprilia Racing


We had reported it about a month ago and the official announcement came today: the Piaggio Group announced that from 7 January 2019, Massimo Rivola will take on responsibilities as CEO of Aprilia Racing.

Forty-seven years old with a business degree, a motorcycle and Aprilia brand enthusiast, Massimo Rivola has the experience of twenty-one seasons and more than 300 GP races in F1. Twelve years in pit lane with Minardi, Toro Rosso and, with seven seasons, he was the longest running Sports Director in the history of Ferrari. He has worked with great champions including Alonso and Vettel. For the last three years he has been the head of the Ferrari Driver Academy, taking a young Leclerc from an F3 car to the wheel of the F1 car from Maranello.

The press release specifies: "The appointment of Rivola, who brings to MotoGP the vast experience accumulated in Formula 1, is another important step in the path of consolidating the Noale racing department and conformation of the Piaggio Group's commitment to growing the MotoGP project".

"With this addition, Aprilia Racing continues to grow after the signing of top rider Andrea Iannone, who will ride alongside reconfirmed Aleix Espargaró, the arrival of Bradley Smith as tester and the addition of two new crew chiefs with proven experience, Antonio Jimenez and Fabrizio Cecchini."

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Translated by Jonathan Blosser

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