Aprilia Fails to Match Pre-Season Expectations in 2023 MotoGP Season
In the first seven rounds of the 2023 MotoGP season, Aprilia has only managed to earn a total of 99 points and one podium finish, which came from Maverick Vinales at the Portuguese Grand Prix. This is a significant drop off from last year’s performance, where they had already won a race and earned three other podium finishes by this point in the season.
Aleix Espargaro acknowledges that their results are not up to par with what was expected during pre-season. In an interview after German GP, he stated that Ducati is on another planet compared to them. They have failed to improve enough despite his bike being marginally better than Miguel Oliveira’s 2022-spec version. The factory team is struggling as well.
Espargaro Dismisses “Bad Luck” as Reason for Poor Performance
Espargaro also dismissed any notion of bad luck contributing to their poor performance so far this season. He pointed out that it’s been seven rounds and they simply don’t have what it takes right now. Ducati has improved significantly more than anyone expected them to do so quickly causing difficulty for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.
Vinales Forced To Retire Due To Engine Malfunctioning
Maverick Vinales faced disappointment when he had no choice but retire due engine malfunctioning during German GP . The Spaniard expressed concern about engineers needing pay closer attention.”We’ve been struggling all weekend with same bike,”he said. “It’s not normal that one bike I can be fast with and with the other, I am very slow.”
Aprilia Struggles Despite Pre-Season Expectations
The factory team is struggling to match its pre-season expectations and maintain last year’s level of performance in the 2023 MotoGP season. With only one podium finish so far this season, they have failed to live up to their own standards.