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By Sky Sport MotoGP HD

Rivola: Aprilia can fight for the World Championship in 2023

Aprilia Racing's CEO is confident the Noale factory can challenge for a premier crown in two years

Confidence is at an all-time high in Noale right now. A first podium finish in two decades, a bonafide MotoGP™ star set to make his debut next weekend and, as a result, a real belief that the future is bright. In fact, so bright that Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola has said he believes the factory can challenge for a World Championship in 2023.

Whilst speaking to MotoGP™'s Italian broadcast partner Sky Sports MotoGP™, the Italian admitted next season might come too soon for the rapidly improving squad but that he has his sights set on joining the title fight come 2023.

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"In 2023, why not?" said Rivola. "For 2022, it is early. We still have to get used to fighting, remaining consistently in the positions that count. Aleix beating Miller at Silverstone in the final laps was remarkable, it was good and also justified for us to get on the podium, we deserved it."

The former Ferrari Sporting Director in F1 also spoke on Maverick Viñales' debut: "If Maverick has found his passion after just a day of testing, it means that it wasn't too hidden. As we know, he is a very sensitive guy. I understand his words about the joy of returning to having fun. In the beginning, everything is always quite nice. He adapted to the bike in a surprising way, we had some question marks instead. The approach was also exceptional, the decision to keep Aleix's bike without making any changes, I can only be happy.

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"Our goal now is to better prepare for 2022. At the same time, his goal is to go as fast as possible, so we will have to balance his emotions and the desire to demonstrate his speed. He doesn't have to prove anything to us, he just has to let a lot of time pass and many kilometres. We are also very curious to see him in the race. We have already announced that he will be in Aragon because the learning curve is really impressive. My approach? It doesn't change, I hope it works with him too."

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