Rivola, 46, has run the Ferrari Driver Academy since 2016, succeeding Luca Baldisserri in the role, and in that time he has overseen Charles Leclerc’s progression to a race seat with Ferrari.
Prior to that, he was Ferrari’s sporting director, which followed a spell as team manager at Toro Rosso.
Rivola’s arrival at Aprilia is the latest in a series of major changes at the Noale marque as it seeks to rebound from a disappointing fourth return season in MotoGP.
Ex-KTM rider Bradley Smith has also been brought on board to head up Aprilia’s new test team.
Bradley Smith, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
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