Aprilia withdraws new MotoGP clutch system after rival complaint

During the Malaysian Grand Prix, Maverick Vinales expressed his disappointment in not being able to use the latest starting system introduced by Aprilia.

When asked about it, Vinales indicated that he couldn’t comment further, suggesting there may be restrictions on discussing the matter.

Teammate Aleix Espargaro also avoided commenting on Vinales’ statement, hinting at possible limitations on discussing the issue.

Reports indicate that Aprilia was forced to stop using the latest clutch following a complaint from a competing manufacturer, which has impacted their starting capabilities.

The complaint is suspected to have come from KTM, raising concerns about the technical regulations and the use of electronic control units in the system.

This recent development has sparked a review of the regulations, with KTM and Aprilia seeking modifications to address the concerns raised.

As a result, both manufacturers are unable to use their new clutches, giving Ducati a competitive advantage in terms of starting capabilities in the MotoGP grid.

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