Aprilia CEO Massimo Rivola clarified that there is no rush to bring in Maverick Vinales earlier than expected, stating that the signing is the biggest opportunity in Aprilia history and would prefer to wait for his race debut.
Vinales will join the Italian marque for 2022 after trying to deliberately damage his bike’s engine in the Styrian GP while riding for Yamaha, with which he prematurely parted ways last week. This came following Vinales requesting his contract with Yamaha to be terminated at the end of this season.
“Yeah, it is a big opportunity because, in fact, the test we do next is just for that purpose,” Rivola admitted.
“For sure [after] the test we will decide what to do, but obviously having him on the bike racing would be a further step.
“But at the same time, we don’t want to rush too much, we need him to be comfortable, so the test is quite important.”
Rivola praised the Spaniard on many occasions, calling Vinales one of the very best riders in the paddock at the moment. He added that Vinales being on the team alongside Aleix Espargaro will be a good combination.
“I’m looking forward. I’m really curious to see him on the bike, all the teammates of Aleix [Espargaro] have had a difficult time,” Vinales added.
“For us, it’s a fantastic opportunity, I rate Maverick as one of the very best, maybe even the best talent in the paddock.
“Everyone in Noale is excited, it’s the biggest opportunity of the history of Aprilia, and even more than being a friend of Aleix, I think it can be a very good combination.”