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Entertainment Scott Redding shares: "It's unbelievable how Aprilia is copying other manufacturers"

18:05  06 march  2021
18:05  06 march  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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Scott Redding mühte sich 2018 auf einer unterlegenen MotoGP-Aprilia ab © Motorsport Images Scott Redding struggled on an inferior MotoGP Aprilia in 2018

On Thursday Aprilia presented his new bike for the MotoGP season 2021 in Qatar before. As a "concession team", the Italian manufacturer was able to develop freely over the winter, while the majority of the competition were only allowed to make limited changes in many respects due to the development stop.

The 90-degree V4 engine that was newly introduced for 2020 was revised again, and the aerodynamics received a facelift. A new chassis and a new carbon swingarm have also been developed. With the new overall package, Aprilia hopes to further minimize the gap to the MotoGP top.

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One of the people who is particularly critical of Aprilia is Scott Redding. The Briton, who is now on a Ducati in the Superbike World Championship, contested his last MotoGP season in 2018 with Aprilia and doesn't have very good memories of it, which is why he has often made negative comments in the past.

Even with a look at the new RS-GP, he can't help but swipe. Redding comments on a picture of the 2021 version on Instagram with the words: "It's unbelievable how much they copy other manufacturers." Instead of developing your own ideas and concepts, the competition is copied, he says.

Redding had already criticized the lack of innovative spirit when he was active at Aprilia. According to his statement, nothing was changed at the RS-GP for months. His feedback as a driver was inconclusive. "They promised to change this and that. But that was an empty promise," he looked back on 2020.

Because the hoped-for results did not materialize, the Briton found out after just a few races in the 2018 season that his contract would not be extended. In the British Superbike Championship and the Superbike World Championship, he found his strength again - with competitive equipment. He categorically rules out a return to Aprilia.

"Regardless of whether their bike is good, the way they work is definitely not," says Redding. The fact is: since joining the MotoGP in 2015, Aprilia has been waiting in vain for his first podium. In the current season, the manufacturer is starting with Aleix Espargaro and newcomer Lorenzo Savadori.

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