The move, predicted by Motorsport.com last month, is a portion of a range of changes Aprilia is earning as it tries to produce progress together with its MotoGP programme following a tough 2018 season.

Motorsport.com understands that Rivola’s advent is to fortify Aprilia’s existing MotoGP management structure rather than to restore any recent employees.

Rivola’s most recent role at Ferrari has become leader of its own Driver Academy development strategy for young gift, at which he’s controlled Charles Leclerc’s go in to F1 with Sauber and promotion to the works team instead of Kimi Raikkonen.

He has spent 21 seasons in F1, working for Minardi/Toro Rosso before joining Ferrari.

An Aprilia announcement said”the appointment of Rivola, that attracts to MotoGP the huge experience accumulated in Formula 1, is another significant step in the path of consolidating the Noale [at which Aprilia is established ] racing section and conformation of the Piaggio Group’s commitment to raising the MotoGP project”.

Aprilia has finished at the root of the manufacturers’ championship at all three phases of its current factory MotoGP project so far, also have not taken a podium in that moment.

It has revamped its line up for 2019 by replacing Scott Redding with race-winning former factory Ducati and Suzuki rider Andrea Iannone, also has also brought in ex-KTM racer Bradley Smith to head up an enhanced testing effort.

 Massimo Rivola, Sporting Director, Ferrari, Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport

Massimo Rivola, Sporting Director, Ferrari, Mario Isola, Racing Manager, Pirelli Motorsport

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