Carlo Pernat: I Don't Think Aprilia Will Be a MotoGP Factory Team

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Racing mastermind Carlo Pernat has been talking to the Italian magazine Motociclismo and the future of Aprilia as a MotoGP factory team came into the discussion. Pernat was rather radical and says that such a mode is most unlikely, even though he'd like to see it happen.
Having already worked for Aprilia in the past, Pernat summarizes the current situation the Italian manufacturer is going through.

There are three important thyings which went wrong at the end of the 2013: Gigi Dalll'Igna went to head Ducati Corse, ART star and reigning CRT champion Aleix Espargaro now rides an M1-FTR machine for Forward Racing, while Aspar decided to go with Honda's production racer.

One item at a time, now: Dall'Igna was frustrated with Aprilia not giving him enough money to develop the bike. Jorge Martinez, Aspar boss was denied the possibility to develop the bike with his and his other sponsors' money.

A good friend of Dall' Igna's, he saw no use in continuing with Aprilia once Gigi was gone. As for Espargaro, it was only natural to try and move up the ladder to a better bike, because so far, it looks like the M1-powered FTR will kill the ART machines.

Pernat believes that the rumors of a 2016 return as a factory team in MotoGP are only "damage control" for the moment.

Source gp-inside.
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