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Aprilia Sets Mugello Deadline for Aleix Espargaro Amid Retirement Speculation and Rider Market Buzz

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Aleix Espargaro and Aprilia are on edge due to the rider market situation, with retirement considerations approaching.

"They must make a decision before October since it's a top-tier official motorcycle."

Aprilia and Aleix Espargaro are considering a timeline to determine if he will continue racing for an additional year.

At the Mugello circuit, during the seventh event of the MotoGP season scheduled for May 31, the Italian team is seeking a definitive response from their lead rider on whether he plans to continue his racing career.

At 34, Espargaro stands as the most senior competitor in the lineup and is considering retirement.

"Massimo Rivola, the CEO of Aprilia, expressed his deep appreciation for Espargaro, acknowledging his significant contributions to the team," Rivola shared with Sky.

"We'll come to a conclusion at Mugello."

"His physical condition is outstanding and his age merely adds to his wealth of experience. However, should Aleix choose to retire, we will explore the market for potential replacements."

"An Italian moniker may capture interest; though lacking a specific profile, commitment to the mission is essential."

Espargaro conveyed to Marca his timeline for making a decision, stating, "During these four iconic and crucial races taking place in Jerez, Le Mans, Mugello, and Barcelona.

"I'm not rushing, and as far as I recall, Massimo mentioned Aprilia would make their decision last."

"Relax and take pleasure in these races. They stand out as among the most splendid events of the season."

"Ultimately, it's the outcomes that empower you to make a choice."

Aprilia's attempt to acquire Fabio Quartararo fell through as he opted to renew his deal with Yamaha.

Jorge Martin, Enea Bastianini, and even Marc Marquez have been rumored to be potential recruits for Aprilia, who presently stand as Ducati's primary competitors.

Espargaro's motorcycle is now more sought after at Aprilia than it has ever been before.

He responded, "This is typical and positive. We've performed well at Aprilia."

"Four years back, my bicycle didn't seem to catch anyone's interest, you know?"

"I've also suggested that perhaps this is my final year, but I'm at peace."

"If my decision is to stay on with Aprilia, then that's what I'll do."

Espargaro acknowledges that as he considers retirement, his team needs to explore other rider options.

"He emphasized, expressing that his current sentiment is one of skepticism."

"I'm someone who speaks my mind without holding back. I could have chosen to keep quiet, but I've expressed my true thoughts: I'm uncertain about carrying on."

"It's expected for other competitors and Aprilia to make their moves.

The anticipation for October is high due to the formal recognition of the bike as one of the finest.

"If I'm absent, it's essential for a leading rider to be present."

Espargaro detailed the rationale behind his contemplation of retirement.

"He expressed his belief that his actions were positive."

"Additionally, I'm troubled by other issues, such as the growing complexity of the calendar and the escalating stress of weekends. It's becoming quite confusing for me."

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