After what has been a very difficult year for Aprilia’s effort in MotoGP, the Noale factory is to shake up its racing department.
Current Aprilia Racing boss Romano Albesiano is to be moved sideways to concentrate on the technical side of the racing program, while Massimo Rivola, former Ferrari F1 team boss and head of Ferrari Driver Academy, will take over as CEO of Aprilia Racing.
The move is a response to the difficulties Aprilia has faced since making a full-time return to MotoGP.
Romano Albesiano’s background is in engineering, but being forced to manage both the engineering and the sporting side of Aprilia Racing did not prove easy.
Albesiano clashed on occasion with Aprilia Gresini team boss Fausto Gresini over the running of the team, which further detracted from Albesiano’s ability to focus on the technical development of the Aprilia RS-GP.
Rivola’s appointment allows for a clear split in responsibilities. Rivola will oversee the entire organization, covering all aspects of racing.
Romano Albesiano has been appointed Technical Director, and will oversee the engineering and technical side of the MotoGP project.
Meanwhile, Fausto Gresini will focus on managing the MotoGP team, along with the Gresini Moto2 and Moto3 teams.