RNF Racing and Aprilia Racing reported that they have reached an agreement for the team today in MotoGP, called WithU Yamaha RNF, to be the satellite team of Aprilia from 2023.
With this, four RS-GP bikes will compete in the races next season, greatly increasing the possibility of good results, as well as providing more data for the engineers.
Currently, Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Viñales are the official riders of Noale’s team, and have already renewed their contracts for another two years. The riders for the satellite team have yet to be announced.
The deal leaves the satellite team with the role of developing the riders to one day become official team riders. Aprilia Racing will invest for the training of engineers, technicians, managers and, of course, riders.
Razlan Razali, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP™ Team Founder and Principal: “We are absolutely thrilled for this long term partnership with Aprilia Racing. Our philosophy remains to work together with the factory team to develop riders that will one day become Aprilia factory riders. We will assist them in development to ensure that we continue to be competitive and ultimately win with Aprilia Racing. The proposal by Aprilia Racing fulfils our long term plans, strategies and security for the next two plus two years and I must thank Massimo for his trust, confidence and faith in us. We are absolutely looking forward to the season next year and this new partnership. At the same time, we want to express our gratitude to Yamaha for these past years working together and growing together. We will, though, maintain our focus on working hard this season in order to improve our results together with Yamaha and eventually conclude 2022 on a high note.”
Massimo Rivola, CEO Aprilia Racing: “I am happy to announce the agreement with RNF Racing. We have always reasoned in small steps and as we demonstrate the competitiveness of our RS-GP, a natural part of the journey is to see two more on track. The Noale racing department is a true heritage of knowledge, of technical culture applied to high performance motorbikes as well as sports management. With RNF Racing we find a partner to enhance and valorise this extraordinary heritage. We are thinking, of course, of the riders and the best competitiveness, but also of raising new generations of engineers, technicians and managers. To continue and improve the extraordinary, all-Italian tradition of Aprilia Racing.”
MotoGP returns on May 29, with the GP of Italy, at the Mugello circuit.