Misano, Italy

Maverick Viñales To Test Aprilia At Misano, But What Happens After That?

The fallout from Maverick Viñales' precipitate departure from the Monster Energy Yamaha team continues to reshape 2022, and perhaps even 2021. First, Aprilia announced on the Monday after Austria that Viñales would be racing for them alongside Aleix Espargaro in 2022. Then, at the end of that week, Yamaha announced they would be terminating their contract with Viñales with immediate effect.

That has freed Viñales up to start working with Aprilia immediately. After persistent rumors, today, Aprilia announced that Maverick Viñales will be testing the Aprilia RS-GP at Misano on August 31st and September 1st. The Spaniard is to get an introduction to the bike in a private and calm setting, where he and the team can work through a program of testing and adaptation.

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2021 MotoGP Calendar Update: Sepang Canceled, Second Race At Misano, Austin Still On

There has been yet another change to the MotoGP calendar for 2021. As had been expected, the Malaysian Grand Prix scheduled for October 24th at the Sepang International Circuit has been canceled. In its place will be an extra race at the Misano circuit in Italy. Misano will be the second circuit, after Portimão, which will two races this year but not back to back. Unlike the Portuguese circuit, however, Misano will host its second race five weeks after the first, rather than six months later.

This change looks like being the final alteration to the 2020 calendar. Despite the fact that the Covid-19 outbreak in Texas has placed serious demands on hospital capacity, with ICU beds now 99% occupied, MotoMatters.com understands that there is a huge push inside Dorna to make the Austin race happen. The Circuit of The Americas and the county and state governments are also assisting in pushing the race to take place.

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Aprilia Test Release: Andrea Dovizioso Completes Two Days Of Testing At Misano

Andrea Dovizioso has completed two days of testing at Misano. Afterward, they issued the following press release, containing statements from Aprilia Corse boss Massimo Rivola on their pursuit of a rider for 2022:

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