KTM director Stefan Pierer said that they will bring engineers from the Red Bull Racing F1 team into their ranks. The Austrian motorcycle manufacturer joined the MotoGP class in the 2017 season, and after six seasons they have recorded six victories, while this season they fail to compete with rivals Ducati and Aprilia. Aprilia's form has been greatly boosted by the arrival of Massimo Rivola, the former sporting boss of Ferrari's Formula 1 team, who has brought with him a number of engineers experienced in two key areas of MotoGP, aerodynamics and tire degradation. Pierer wants to emulate his Italian rivals and bring engineers from the Red Bull team to his team. "Aprilia has incorporated Formula 1 experience into their motorcycle," Pierer told motorsport.com. "Them
Aprilia general manager Massimo Rivola believes that Andrea Iannone, despite being suspended for taking illicit steroids, will still be able to compete in the opening race in Qatar. Aprilia has confirmed the arrival of Lorenzo Savadori in the previous days, who is supposed to play the role of a test racer in case Iannone is replaced by Bradely Smith in the race. Nevertheless, Rivola is said to be convinced of the innocence of his racer. He also believes that the official decision, which is supposed to confirm this, will be known before the first race of this year. "Of course we are waiting for Andrea to join us again in the team," Rivola told the official MotoGP.com website. "I want this story to end as soon as possible. He has provided everything necessary to prove his innocence to others.
Aprilia Racing director Massimo Rivola said without a hair on his tongue that the process by which FIM decides on the legality of aerodynamic accessories on motorcycles is downright ridiculous. He also added that the rules are unclear and that everyone will be at a disadvantage if the door to the development of aerodynamics opens in MotoGP. Rivola said technical director Danny Aldridge was quite inconsistent in enforcing the rules from the Qatar race to his statement at the Court of Appeal hearing. As a former Formula One sports boss, Rivola is aware of the consequences of the boom in aerodynamics, but says the court's decision has angered Honda and will now only accelerate the aerodynamic war between six MotoGP-class motorcycle manufacturers. “I’m kind of disappointed, but the result is almost as I expected
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