Aprilia Racing will have four RS-GPs competing in MotoGP beginning in 2023 with its WithU RNF Racing satellite team.
Aprilia Racing announced its first satellite MotoGP team that secures four RS-GPs on the MotoGP grid, commencing with the 2023 season. The partnership has been solidified between Aprilia and WithU RNF Racing for two years, with an option to pick up another two years.
Since the start of the 2021 season, WithU RNF Racing has been operating as a satellite Yamaha team, a result of when Petronas pulled their support from the premier MotoGP class.
“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.” – Razlan Razali, WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team Founder and Principal.
“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.” -Massimo Rivola, CEO Aprilia Racing.