A historic result, not only in terms of statistics. The first podium in MotoGP history arrived over the weekend in Silverstone at the end of a substantially perfect race by Aleix Espargaro.
Aprilia had never before finished this high in the premier four-stroke motorcycle racing category. It was the best performance of a 2021 RS-GP that had everything except its christening in a race, after demonstrating exponential growth from the season start. The result is worth even more when with the current level of the championship, perhaps unparalleled on the world stage in terms of difficulty, with all the bikes on the grid within a few tenths of one another in every timed session.
It is a result with its roots in Noale, where an entire racing department has been working non-stop since the début year in 2015. With ups and downs but never losing sight of the goal: to take Aprilia to the point of competing with the best in the world, developing their technology on the track and improving step by step.
Aprilia dedicates the historic finish to the late Fausto Gresini, Aprilia’s former team manager, who was there from the very start and quite instrumental in this feat.
“We’ve come so close. We have almost had it several times and finally we did it!” exclaimed Aleix. “A deserved podium that we’ve worked hard for and I dedicate, first and foremost, to Aprilia. The team has always worked to the utmost during these years. We have overcome difficult times together and now we are reaping the fruits of our labor. On the podium, I thought about Fausto, my family, and all the people who have been close to me. Our growth over the last two years has been extraordinary. We have improved in every aspect, but we needed a podium to lend credence to what we’ve done. I knew we had a chance today. We built our performance throughout all the sessions and I felt good in warm up this morning too. I had a few doubts at the start on tire choice but in the end, we got it right. I lost a few positions at a certain point but I was able to recover, except on Fabio, who pulled away and created a gap. In the finale, I was struggling a bit with the front, but to compensate, I had good traction and that’s why I didn’t fight Jack in the braking sections, relying instead on crossing the trajectory and exploiting my acceleration. Now we need to celebrate and then get refocused straight away. There are more races coming up where we can be competitive. One podium can’t be enough to make us happy. We want more!” Espargaro added.
Aprilia bikes are now available in the Philippines. The Italian marque is officially distributed by Bikerbox Philippines, which has two locations in Metro Manila; Bikerbox Sucat, and Bikerbox Brixton. In Parañaque, Bikerbox is located at Lot 8-B Doña Irenea St. Ireneville 1, BF Homes, Sucat; in Pasig, Bikerbox is located at 11 Brixton Street.