Aprilia reveal 2021 bike, Savadori confirmed as second rider

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini are the penultimate team to reveal their 2021 challenger, and have confirmed Lorenzo Savadori will be their second rider.

The 2021 Aprilia RS-GP was unveiled at the Losail International Circuit, ahead of the start of pre-season testing.

The front-wing of the bike features a tribute to team boss Fausto Gresini, who tragically passed away last month after battling COVID-19.

As well as showing off the new bike, Aprilia have announced Savadori will join Aleix Espargaro in the team for 2021.

The Italian rider raced with the team at the end of 2020, and was in contention for the 2021 seat along with British rider Bradley Smith.

The Italian factory team struggled to get results in 2020, with a best finish of eighth, and coming last in both the Teams’ and Constructors’ Standings.

Massimo Rivola, Aprilia Racing CEO, says the team’s aim for 2021 is to grow in the premier class and push up the MotoGP grid.

“In [the] first stage of the championship, we do not want to look at the others, but just at ourselves, strengthening our undoubtedly positive trend,” he said in a press release.

“Aleix will have an extremely important job, leading the team and not being distracted by the frenzy of immediate results, consistency and hard work will give him the satisfaction he deserves.

“Lorenzo will need to grow and learn a lot, beginning with the circuits. An extraordinary talent scout like Fausto believed very much in him, so I am confident that he will give his all to repay that trust.

“The team is solid, ambitious and realistic. Everyone knows that the only way to keep growing is to stay the course, taking Aprilia to the point of battling for the positions that count, even in MotoGP.”

Suzuki will be the final team to pull the covers off of their 2021 bike, which will be on March 6.