After five Grands Prix and ten races, Aprilia and Maverick Viñales have done their accounting to find that RS-GP is not, in the championship, where it was hoped for before 2023 hostilities begin in MotoGP. And even less so with a Brad Binder third in the preliminary general classification with a KTM, in a top 6 where there are five Ducatis. Meanwhile, Top Gun is seventh with 49 points, while ‘Captain’ Aleix Espargaró is eleventh with 42 units. Leader Pecco Bagnaia is 94 and will be favorite in Mugello in less than two weeks for an Italian Grand Prix he won in 2022. But the Noale company’s competition team will do everything to win in Tuscany…
Because Maverick Vinales warned during the brand’s big party in Misano last weekend: it’s time to step up a gear. And this acceleration, this course to pass, it is a victory at home in front of the compatriot Ducati which must be its symbol, the starting point. Massimo Rivola, managing director of Aprilia Racing knows this. On Sky Sport, he commented: ” so far we have not collected what we could and should have. We can’t wait to go to Mugello, it’s a home race for us and we have everything to do well. The riders are in good shape and the bike is proving faster than expected on less than ideal circuits “.
” We still have three quarters of the championship to collect and prove that we are there. Winning at Mugello would be great. If you don’t aim to win, you will never winof course you have to go there to aim to win he adds.
Maverick Vinales: I believe in the World Cup, I told the team I believed in it until the end »
A motivation that is naturally shared by its pilot Maverick Vinales on GPSOne: ” I have a huge desire, an incredible hunger. I feel very good with the bike, we are at the level to do well. We were unlucky in Le Mans, but we have to create our chance and push hard. I believed in the World Cup since day one and I told the team I believed in it until the end. NOW, we know we have to win racesit’s the attitude “.
The Spaniard mentions the fact that he has the means for his ambition with the RS-GP by paying tribute to the chief engineer Romano Albesiano : ” Romano rode an impressive bike with the RS-GP, despite the level of the championship being very high. It is incredible how much he has revolutionized the Aprilia in these three years. Ducati has a good bike, but so do we. I think we are ready to win » he concludes, thus putting the pressure on an obligation to succeed.