MotoGP Bulletin : Aleix and Aprilia third at Aragón
He finished – after a great race – with third place and a gain of 16 points on the leader Quartararo, confirming him as one of the main players in the 2022 World Championship.
The No. 41 is now only 17 points off top spot in the World Championship, firmly entrenched in the fight for the title.
Right on the eve of the Japanese Grand Prix, Aprilia overtook Japanese giant Yamaha in the constructors’ standings, moving up to second place: a reward for all the work done at the Noale factory and for the loyalty of our fans!
The race saw five riders take an early lead over the rest of the group, with Aleix firmly establishing himself first in fifth place and then in fourth, after overtaking Miller. Patient and determined, he followed Binder for most of the race, finally launching his attack on the penultimate lap and then defending third place up to the chequered flag.
Maverick Viñales, one of the fastest riders at the start of the weekend, found himself in a race compromised by a crash in the final session that relegated him to the sixth row on the grid. To top it off, our “Top Gun” found himself lagging behind on the very first lap due to a crash in front of him. A difficult comeback race in which he never lost heart, still bringing home thirteenth place and three championship points.
The fight for the World Championship is as heated as ever, and Aprilia is ready for the double Asian leg with all the energy and determination that has brought it sporting success over the years (and a thorn in the side of the Japanese constructors at home), and our riders are able to strike the perfect balance between competitiveness, unity and fun.
No disrespect to the fans of the other teams, but there’s no better time than now to be an Aprilia fan and member of #bearacer club!
“What a race! It was not a simple weekend. Pressure was high before we even arrived here and maybe that had an influence on me. I had to rebuild my confidence lap after lap but in the end, in the race, despite not having the pace to win, I achieved the best possible result. In the early laps, I decided not to push too hard and that allowed me to still have something left in the finale to overtake Binder. After what happened to Fabio, the championship is clearly more wide open than ever. There are riders who are faster than me right now but they are in a position where they have to win, whereas for us a good result is already a great satisfaction, so we’ll try our best and have fun all the way to the end!”.
“To be honest, we had the pace to battle in the top spots today. Unfortunately, we didn’t work well on Friday and Saturday and we paid the price for that. It’s a pity. We need to think about what happened and get back to the level we know we can maintain. On the other hand, we are back in the battle for the title with Aleix and that is the most important thing. In the upcoming races, being fast will also mean being able to help my teammate.”