Maverick Vinales is set to make his debut for Aprilia in MotoGP as part of testing in Misan, ahead of the full-time campaign in 2022. This came in after Vinales and Yamaha parted ways.
Vinales signed a one-year deal with Aprilia to partner alongside Aleix Espargaro, with Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola confirming that Vinales will ride the RS-GP on August 31st and September 1st at a two-day Misano test.
“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,” Rivola 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.”
The testing period with Vinales would provide Aprilia an opportunity to evaluate the case for bringing the Spaniard in as a full-time driver in 2021, as soon as the Aragon GP on September 12th.
“Clearly the first approach involves a very practical adaptation phase, in terms of ergonomics and setup, which we know vary for each rider,” Rivola explained.
“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.”