アプリリアが2015年MotoGPチーム体制と参戦マシン「RS-GP」を発表

アプリリアは2004年以来のMotoGP復帰に向けて、予定を1年前倒してファクトリーチームとして参戦する2015年のMotoGPチーム体制と参戦マシン「RS-GP」を発表した。ライダーはアルバロ・バウティスタとマルコ・メランドリの2名。

今年1年はCRTベースのマシンで開発とテストに専念し、2016年よりプロトタイプの新型を投入予定とのこと。

WGP時代に250ccクラスで、昨年までWSBKでは圧倒的な強さを発揮してきたアプリリアのファクトリーレーシングチーム。
今までの経験と実績を活かし、MotoGPでも予想以上に早い段階で戦闘力の高いレーシングマシンを作りあげてくるかもしれない。
スズキのMotoGP復帰と同様に、アプリリアファクトリーの活躍が期待される。

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This is a Championship the Italian brand decided to return to in the 2015 season, moving the début up a year with respect to the initial plans. This is a brave choice, in line with the character of one of the most victorious racing divisions in history. In fact, in its brief history in motorsports – from 1992 to 2014, Aprilia has managed to win an impressive 54 world title wreaths, 28 of which were earned from 2006 to the present, after joining the Piaggio Group. The Manufacturer from also Noale skilfully demonstrated its competitiveness in the Superbike challenge, where it quickly became a genuine dominator, earning an impressive seven world titles in the last five years.

The Aprilia project steps in MotoGP include a first year – the 2015 season – dedicated entirely to development, even and especially in race conditions, before introducing a Full Factory configuration prototype bike on the track in 2016. This is an ambitious checklist but well within the capabilities of the designers, technicians and structure of Aprilia Racing at Noale, who in turn can depend on the Piaggio Group R&D centres, one of the major global players in the two-wheel sector.

The two riders who will be accompanying development of the RS-GP are a part of Aprilia`s victorious history: Italian Marco Melandri, already a World Champion on his Aprilia in 2002 (250 Class), MotoGP runner-up champion in 2005 and one of the stars of the World Superbike scene; and Alvaro Bautista, Spaniard, world champion in 2006 in the 250 class, also on a bike from Noale, and busy in the MotoGP class for the last five years.

It is an exciting challenge which has been taken on thanks to partnership with Gresini Racing, a structure founded and led by two-time World Champion Fausto Gresini that boasts an extraordinary presence in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, where it has been a key player since 1997 without interruption, having won two world titles and taking home 40 race wins.

Aprilia`s history in Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, as extraordinary as it is (boasting a total of 38 titles, 19 Manufacturer and 19 Rider, won in the 250 and 125cc classes) only began relatively recently.

In fact, the début in the 250 class dates to 1985, a class which would soon be monopolised both in terms of numbers and results by the Italian bikes. The first win, on the other hand, came in 1987 with Loris Reggiani at Misano, followed by a 1992 season with an Aprilia leading the standings in the 125 Class, won by Alex Gramigni. This launched a streak of domination for the manufacturer from Noale in the Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing junior classes, accompanying the rise of all the great champions in the category: from Valentino Rossi to Loris Capirossi, from Max Biaggi to Jorge Lorenzo, Casey Stoner, Sylvain Guintoli, the unforgotten Marco Simoncelli and many others. An endless line of promising youngsters who developed into victorious riders with Aprilia, such to dominate the history of motorcycle racing. And let`s not forget – as proof of the entire Piaggio Group`s extraordinary technical level – that even the youngest star of MotoGP, Marc Marquez, began winning on one of the Group`s bikes: in fact, the year was 2010 when Marc won his first world title astride a Derbi 125.

For a racing department which initially embraced 2-stroke bikes, the definitive consecration as large 4-stroke racing bike manufacturer came in Superbike with the Aprilia RSV4 making its début in 2009. An extraordinary bike, it has unique technical characteristics for the segment that have made it the leader on the track and on the road, winner of 7 World Superbike Titles from 2010 through 2014.

▼Aprilia #roadtomotogp – Romano Albesiano

▼Aprilia – Road to MotoGp

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