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APRILIA ON THE FRONT ROW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MOTOGP HISTORY

On this extremely hot Saturday at the Sachsenring, Aleix took the third spot on the starting grid for the German GP. This is the best result ever for Aprilia in the premier class: until now, the Italian bike had never started from the front row in the era of 4-stroke MotoGP bikes.

This is a result that is surprising only up to a certain point. The growth of the Italian project over the last two seasons has been clear, with the new RS-GP immediately proving capable of consistently battling against the best bikes in the world. The eight Q2 qualifiers in a row in the 2021 season, the important placements and a growing feeling are just a few of the major elements of this first stage of the championship for Aleix and Aprilia.

There was also a significant growth in performance for Lorenzo Savadori who, however, had a Saturday conditioned by a violent crash at the crucial moment of the Q1 qualifying session. The crash compromised the Italian rookie’s performance, who was still able to reduce the gap behind the leaders, also exploiting the favourable characteristics of the German circuit.

ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“The best thing about today was arriving in parc fermé and seeing the smiling faces of my team. Rewarding them with a good performance is more important to me than the result in and of itself. I knew I could be fast. The characteristics of the track help us and already yesterday I had good sensations. It’s true that it is still only Saturday, but starting from the front is no small advantage. The characteristics of the track definitely suit the strong points of the RS-GP, stable and highly effective in braking. It’s hard to make predictions for tomorrow. Our pace is good, but there are a lot of riders rather close, so aiming for the top 5 seems like the most realistic thing to do.”
LORENZO SAVADORI
“First of all, let me congratulate Aleix and Aprilia for the front row – an extraordinary and well-deserved result. As for me, I am disappointed and angry about the crash in qualifying. I must apologise to my team because it was my mistake, when we had a solid chance of taking a step forward. My neck hurts a little, but hopefully this won’t limit me tomorrow.”

APRILIA ON THE FRONT ROW FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MOTOGP HISTORY - Gresini Racing

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