May 23, 2024
MotoGP: Massimo Rivola: Raul Fernandez a ‘super talent, I wanted to sign him for a long time’ | MotoGP

When the likes of Remy Gardner and Darryn Binder waved goodbye to MotoGP immediately after hard rookie seasons, Fernandez was given an not likely opportunity in spite of also having difficulties all over the yr. 

In what could arguably be an even improved possibility than the 1 he experienced at KTM based on Aprilia’s amount of effectiveness in 2022, Fernandez will line-up alongside 4-time MotoGP race winner Miguel Oliveira, who also helps make the swap to the new RNF Aprilia team from KTM. 

Established to compete on a yr-old RS-GP22, a equipment that really should see him fight for standard details finishes, Fernandez will be expected to carry out much better than his rookie season.

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Talking about the addition of Fernandez, who Rivola was eager to signal prior to him becoming a member of MotoGP, the Aprilia CEO, explained: “Immediately after Raul’s initially Moto2 race, I frequented his household. So I can say that I’ve needed to sign him for a extended time mainly because I imagine he is a excellent talent. 

“I really don’t assume he showed his talent at KTM for a selection of explanations. I imagine our bicycle can suit him superior for the reason that of his type.”

But Rivola was also fast to alert that Fernandez need to adapt: “Even if you are a super talent, you have to adapt to what you have. He didn’t present that past time but I even now imagine he can do it. I believe he will need some time. 

“If you show a season like he did in Moto2 and then stick to a MotoGP period like that, you may get a little bit baffled: who am I, the great dude or the lousy guy?

“The likely is there. How you then line up all the setting up blocks correctly is an additional tale.” 

Even though Rivola is eager to see Fernandez’s expertise guide to spectacular final results at Aprilia, there is no guarantee that it will as the amount in MotoGP is at an all-time substantial, as a result producing it a lot more and more demanding for rookies to stand out.

Just one rider who managed to do that in 2022 was Ducati’s Marco Bezzecchi, who did not acquire Moto2 by storm as opposed to Fernandez, but managed to changeover extremely effectively to the premier course.

Possibly aiding Fernandez’s development will be the riders presently in the fold at Aprilia, as Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales and Oliveira will all be envisioned to attain important effects.

That suggests Fernandez will not have the force of delivering correct away, while he will also be ready to discover from all those with higher practical experience. 

“We have to give ourselves a bit of time without having forcing it,” added Rivola. “I think the other a few – Aleix Espargaro, Maverick Vinales and Miguel Oliveira – will be really rapid. 

“So he will have a fantastic instance by his side. He is extremely youthful, he has time. We feel in him and RNF believes in him pretty significantly.”