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MotoGP, Rivola: "Marc Marquez in Aprilia to replace Espargaró? Never say never"

"Aleix was very correct to inform us of his retirement as soon as possible. We are ready for any option and we will see who will be the rider discarded by Ducati. He could be a very good choice for us."

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Race after race, it is becoming increasingly difficult to determine who among Jorge Martin, Marc Marquez and Enea Bastianini is the right candidate to flank Francesco Bagnaia next year in the official Ducati team. A tough nut to crack for the Borgo Panigale factory, which at the end of the Catalan GP communicated through its sporting director Mauro Grassilli that it will have to wait at least until after the Mugello race to find out which of the three candidates will be the chosen one.

While Ducati prepares its plan of action, Aprilia remains at the window, ready to offer a seat to one of the big disappointments of the runoff. With Aleix Espargaró ready to hang up his helmet at the end of the season, the Noale manufacturer in fact needs a worthy replacement for its captain, which could very well be a rider close to leaving Ducati.

During a chat with DAZN Spain at Montmeló, Massimo Rivola, took stock of the Veneto manufacturer's options for the post-Aleix era, also commenting on the possibility that Marc Marquez might be his successor. "We are ready for any option. We want to win and we want the best, so never say never. We have to be prepared, careful and see who the discarded rider will be, which will be a good choice," said the Aprilia Racing CEO, curious about the decision made by Ducati.

When pressed by Jorge Lorenzo on the issue and Aprilia's possible options, Rivola agreed with the Majorcan's theory that Gigi Dall'Igna might decide to promote Martin to the factory team and keep Marquez in a satellite team with a bike equal to Bagnaia's.

"If I were them, I would do that ," he said, "Bastianini is also a very interesting Italian, who I've always liked, and Bezzecchi is also very interesting, so it's obvious that, talking about Italians, he could be one of their riders. We'll see. We have a lot to choose from."

If the lineups of Ducati and Aprilia for the next championship are all yet to be discovered what is now certain is that the eldest of the Espargaró brothers will no longer be among the riders on the grid .

"After the victory I asked him, 'Hey, are you sure?' but he told me that he is retiring," commented the CEO speaking about the announcement of Aleix's retirement. "He's very emotional and I think he also did it in the right way, as a true captain, because he told us as soon as possible and in this way we can look at the market and look for the best rider to replace him. It is a very correct behavior, which honors the figure of the captain."


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