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By Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

Aleix Espargaro moves to Aprilia for 2017 and 2018

After finding out his services were no longer needed at Suzuki, Aleix Espargaro has lined up a ride with the Aprilia team for 2017 and 2018.

Aleix Espargaró, the Spanish rider born in Granollers on 30 July 1989, will ride an Aprilia RS-GP in the MotoGP World Championship. The agreement signed with Aprilia Racing is for two years, covering the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

Bringing Espargaró on board is part of Aprilia's development plan - which aims for an increase in competitiveness, in line with the progress already demonstrated in 2016 - and it reaffirms the Piaggio Group's commitment to an excellent technological and sport project aimed at making the Aprilia brand a protagonist on the track and on the road.

Aleix Espargaró was the Spanish champion in the 125 category in 2004. After a series of placements in the 125 and 250 categories, in 2009 he made his début in the top class where he drew attention during the 2012 season astride the ART (the CRT bike developed by Aprilia Racing), finishing the season as the best rider in the category. This excellent result was repeated the next season as well, again on the ART - Aprilia Racing bike. Overall, in MotoGP™, he has taken two pole positions and a podium finish, as well as seventh place the rider standings (his personal best) for the 2014 championship season.