Maverick Vinales will get his first taste of Aprilia MotoGP RS-GP machine at the end of this month in a two-day run at Misano.
Having parted ways with Yamaha after the Austrian MotoGP weekend, Vinales is not wasting any time sitting idle at home. With the deal with Aprilia confirmed for 2022, the Spaniard will get his first chance to test the RS-GP machine this month.
Aprilia announced a two-day test on August 31 and September 1 at Misano with Vinales. The Italian manufacturer earlier hinted of wildcard outings for the Spaniard this year, after Yamaha decided not to block his attempts of racing this year.
For now, it looks like Aleix Espargaro and Lorenzo Savadori will continue to race as full-time riders, with Vinales given track time to adjust to the RS-GP machine and integrate himself into the new structure, as he will be a big part of in 2022.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Technical Director, said: “From a technical point of view, it is always fascinating to listen to the impressions of a rider who is testing your bike for the first time. Especially with a champion like Maverick, who we are pleased to welcome into the Aprilia Racing family.
“After the great work carried out on the track by the racing department over the last two years, we are adding yet another piece to the path of growth that we are undertaking with encouraging results. Clearly the first approach involves a very practical adaptation phase, in terms of ergonomics and setup, which we know vary for each rider. But I’m sure that Maverick’s talent and speed will come to the fore right away and I can’t wait to start working together.”
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