Aleix Espargaro’s Jerez podium means Aprilia has lost access to MotoGP’s package of technical concessions.
Aprilia went into the Jerez GP knowing it was just one point away (out of a total of six) to losing its concession status.
The Noale factory was the last manufacturer eligible for the benefit with Suzuki and then KTM having previously graduated out of concessions to compete under the same rules as Yamaha, Ducati and Honda.
Following podiums at Silverstone in 2021, the victory in Argentina and the third place in Portimao this year, one of the Aprilia riders only had to finish in the top three places until August, 2023 to lose the concessions
“Maybe some engineers at Noale are a little bit more worried [about losing concessions] than me, but I never liked it,” said Espargaro, who feels he and the RS-GP are ready to compete under the exact same rules as the others.
“I’m not stupid, I know that these concessions help us, but I don’t like it at all. I think that I proved that I’m riding in a very high level, but also the Aprilia GP is in a good level.
“It’s not impossible to achieve good results. From now on, I think we have a good base.
With Espargaro’s third place in Jerez, Aprilia will instantly lose the chance to hold private testing with their MotoGP race riders.
In other words, only the factory’s test riders, led by Lorenzo Savadori, would be able to ride the RS-GP outside of either a Grand Prix weekend or Official test (as takes place on Monday after Jerez).
All of the other concessions – the right for test riders to test at any GP circuit (rather than nominating 3 testing tracks), the use of 9 engines per rider per season (instead of 7), exemption from the in-season engine development freeze and a maximum of 6 wild-card entries per season (instead of 3) – will then be lost from the start of next season.
If any MotoGP manufacturer completes a full season without a single podium, that factory will then benefit from full concessions from the following season.