“It is our pleasure to welcome a talented athlete like Maverick to the Aprilia Racing team, who demonstrated a great feeling with the team and the bike straight away and who I am confident will be able to give his best as early as the Aragón GP,” said Missimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO. “At the same time, we are also confirming Lorenzo’s role as 2022 test rider. This is a fundamental position that rewards the great efforts he has demonstrated in developing the new RS-GP, whereas he will finish out the 2021 season taking advantage of the wild cards that we’ll decide on together as soon as he is back to 100% fitness.”
Viñales agreed to part company with Yamaha just under a fortnight ago, following his suspension for hitting the rev limiter at the Styrian Grand Prix.
“The decision to have Maverick on the track from Aragón is a direct result of the tests done in Misano,” said Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Technical Director. “It was not a given that, after a career spent up to now on a bike with an in-line engine, Maverick would have a good feeling with our V4 straight away.
“This is why the test on this track, historically not an easy one for our bike, was an important moment of assessment. Therefore, we are satisfied with Maverick’s immediately positive reactions, which demonstrated a good feeling both with the RS-GP and with the team and our work method.”