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By motogp.com

Aprilia Racing to remain in MotoGP™ until 2026

The Noale factory has signed a new agreement with Dorna Sports to remain in the premier class for five more years

Dorna Sports is pleased to announce the signing of an agreement with Aprilia Racing to participate in the FIM MotoGP™ World Championship through 2026. For the next five seasons, Aprilia Racing will be one of the protagonists in the premier class, thereby reaffirming its mission of technological research and experimentation excellence within the Piaggio Group.

From 2022, Aprilia Racing will participate as a manufacturer, with the official RS-GP machines on the track as a factory team. The agreement with Gresini Racing will come to an end, which accompanied Aprilia Racing’s participation in the Championship since 2015. In the moving and heartfelt memory of Fausto, Aprilia Racing holds the Gresini Racing team in the highest regard and wishes to thank them for these years together. 

Aprilia is one of the most victorious brands in motorcycle racing history, having won an astonishing 54 world titles in its young career, 38 in World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix racing, 7 in World Superbike and 9 in Off-Road disciplines. With 294 Grand Prix wins, it is the European brand that has won the most races in World Championship Motorcycle Grand Prix racing. Many of the riders who have made motorcycling history in the last few decades have made their debut on the bikes from Noale. These World Champions include Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Alex Gramigni, Valentino Rossi, Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Manuel Poggiali, Marco Simoncelli and Alvaro Bautista.

Massimo Rivola – Aprilia Racing CEO: "I am obviously happy about this agreement. From next season, we will be participating in an official capacity as a manufacturer. This opens up new and hopefully great opportunities and we will need to manage many additional responsibilities. It is a natural step that we are taking just as we are beginning to see the first positive signs from the hard work we’ve done in Noale, first and foremost on our structure, and consequently on our beautiful RS-GP bikes. At this time, our thoughts and gratitude go to Gresini Racing, who have accompanied us in these years. In heartfelt memory of Fausto, I wish the team and all its staff the best success for the coming seasons."

Carmelo Ezpeleta - Dorna CEO: "Dorna and Aprilia extending their partnership is really positive news for the FIM MotoGP World Championship. We are excited to continue this association with the Italian manufacturer in a project that has set many fascinating goals, not just in racing performance, but in overall technical excellence."

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