Chaz Davies: “Aprilia pursued its own strategy” / MotoGP

Chaz Davies: “Aprilia pursued its own strategy” / MotoGP

Chaz Davies comments on the failed MotoGP deal with Aprilia and the potential of the Italian manufacturer from Noale: “If KTM can do that, Aprilia can too.”

Andrea Iannone and Aprilia had to wait until November 10, 2020 before the International Court of Justice passed its verdict in the doping case:  The  ban on the 31-year-old from Vasto was not shortened, but extended to four years, as the world anti- Doping Agency (WADA) had been requested.

So it was finally clear that the manufacturer from Noale had to fill second place in the MotoGP factory team for 2021. ©

 The  three-time Superbike vice world champion Chaz Davies (34), who faced an uncertain future in the near-series world championship, was traded as a possible candidate in mid-November. But “they decided to continue with the well-known people who have MotoGP experience,” the Welshman, who is now competing in the Superbike World Championship for the Ducati satellite team Go Eleven, told

At the end of November 2020, the Aprilia MotoGP factory team presented a strange plan: while Aleix Espargaró is set for 2021, test riders Lorenzo Savadori and Bradley Smith should fight for second place during the winter tests. Only before the season opener in Qatar at the end of March should it be decided who will be awarded the contract.


 The re are now many indications that Savadori will get the place. Smith has been linked to the Superbike World Championship team Ten Kate Yamaha by Italian media, but the Dutch do not have the budget and are missing from the preliminary starting list.

Hardly anyone can understand the Aprilia decision with the duel between the two drivers. “I don’t want to comment on this,” Davies noted. “©

 The y know what they have, but they don’t know what they don’t have,” he said of his non-commitment.

“It could have been interesting for her to weigh up different options. But they followed their own strategy and had reasons for it – I have to respect that. ©

 The re is always potential for improvement. Who would have expected KTM to have such a season in 2020? If they can do that, so can the Aprilia. Aleix didn’t do such a bad job and had some good races. ”

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