Aprilia will become a factory team with MotoGP until 2026, further expanding the field for next season.

Aprilia has become the sixth manufacturer to confirm its involvement in the new cycle of Dorna contracts from 2022-2026. The Italian marque has been in MotoGP since 2015, with 2021 so far being the best season for the team. It will next year operate as a full factory operation, parting with Gresini Racing with whom they have collaborated with since 2015.

Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola said he’s happy about the agreement.

“I am obviously happy about this agreement. From next season, we will be participating as Aprilia Racing Factory Team. 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.”

As the 2022 MotoGP grid continues to exponentially expand, with at least 26 riders to be on the grid if all current teams re-sign. Gresini Racing has confirmed the late wife of Fausto Gresini, Nadia Pavadoni, will take over leading the team into 2022, where they intend to compete as an independant.

“I would like to think that Fausto’s two families – ours and the racing one – have joined their efforts to bring forward everything he was planning, and especially the MotoGP. To have an Independent team in the premier-class is surely something very demanding, with a team to be built from scratch, but I know everyone in the company is giving their 110% to make his dream come true.” Pavadoni said.

“Personally, I see it as a real mission, a challenge we will face – also and above all – thanks to the strength of Fausto, who is following us from above. We’re currently speaking with several manufacturers and in a matter of few weeks we will reveal the details of our MotoGP project.”

MotoGP action kicks off tomorrow for the Spanish Grand Prix.

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