Despite a miserable start to the 2018 season, Aleix Espargaro has signed a new two-year contract to remain at the factory Aprilia team until the end of 2020.

The Spaniard, who has suffered technical issues in three of the four races this season, remains convinced that the latest RS-GP has podium potential.

"I am very happy to stay with Aprilia for another two years," Espargaro said. "For the first time in my career, I am able to have stability and this is important to improve and grow together. I have a sole objective, an obsession and that is to take the RS-GP to the podium. I wish to thank Aprilia and my entire team. We will continue working at 100% through 2020."

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"This renewal is first and foremost acknowledgement of Aleix's qualities," stated Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano. "He is a fast rider and an exemplary professional. From the time he arrived, he has brought passion and motivation to the garage with a positive effect on the entire team.

"His contribution to the growth of the RS-GP is undeniable and I am certain that the next two years will allow us to achieve important results and above all that they will bring us back to involving, thrilling and inspiring young people and the many fans that Aprilia has all over the world.

"The signs are there, so giving the technical project continuity with a rider who knows the team and bike well lets us plan development in the best possible way with an eye to the future."

Espargaro has raced Ducati, ART, Forward Yamaha, Suzuki and Aprilia machinery in the premier-class, his best result being a second place for Forward in 2014.

Scott Redding currently rides alongside Espargaro, having joined the team this season on a one year deal.