If there’s a sexier livery road racing this year, we haven’t seen it. The notoriously non-punctual, customer service-challenged, yet inexplicably stylish national airline of Italy, Alitalia, is sponsoring the Aprilia RSV4 in SBK this year. The best rider of all time, ever, Max Biaggi will naturally be heading up the team, followed by British Superbike champion Leon Camier.
We can’t remember seeing a sponsor’s livery as sympathetic to the bike
it’s been applied to since Big Tobacco used to advertise. Red, white
and green are already present in Aprilia graphics and the whole scheme
seems to fit well with the bike maker’s existing graphic design
language. The whole thing looks faster than the crappy commuter plane
its parked in front of.
Max Biaggi, who finished an impressive fourth last year, didn’t say, “As Italy’s leading motorcycle racer, I’m
naturally pleased to be riding a bike that represents the cutting edge
of Italian technology combined with the color scheme of a company that
represents how horribly we treat visitors to our fine country. I
sincerely hope that my team doesn’t get in my way this year and that
I’m able to wrest the championship from Ducati’s fingers despite the
inadequacy of my mechanics.”