Out of all the manufacturers Aprilia Racing was the only one missing and today the Noale company announced the signing of an agreement with Dorna Sports for participation in the MotoGP World Championship until 2026.
For the next five seasons Aprilia Racing will be among the protagonists in the world's top motorcycle competition, thus reaffirming its mission of technological excellence of research and experimentation within the Piaggio Group.
From 2022 Aprilia Racing will be present as a manufacturer and the RS-GPs will be brought to the track by the factory team after the end of the agreement with Gresini Racing which, since 2015, has accompanied Aprilia Racing in its participation in the championship. Aprilia Racing's esteem and thanks go to the Gresini team, and in the highest regards and memory for Fausto, for these years together.
Aprilia is one of the most victorious brands in motorcycle racing history, having won an astonishing 54 world titles in its young career, 38 in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing, 7 in Superbike and 9 in Off Road disciplines. With 294 GP wins, it is the European brand that has won the most races in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing. Many of the riders who have made motorcycling history in the last few decades have made their debut on the bikes from Noale. These World Champions include Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Alex Gramigni, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Manuel Poggiali, Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista.
Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO, said: "I am obviously happy about this agreement. From next season, we will be participating in an official capacity as a manufacturer. This opens up new and hopefully great opportunities and we will need to manage many additional responsibilities. It is a natural step that we are taking just as we are beginning to see the first positive signs from the hard work we’ve done in Noale, first and foremost on our structure, and consequently on our beautiful RS-GP bikes. At this time, our thoughts and gratitude go to Gresini Racing, who have accompanied us in these years. In heartfelt memory of Fausto, I wish the team and all its staff the best success for the coming seasons."
Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, added: "Dorna and Aprilia extending their partnership is really positive news for the FIM MotoGP World Championship. We are excited to continue this association with the Italian manufacturer in a project that has set many fascinating goals, not just in racing performance, but in overall technical excellence in the Championship."