Aprilia wins SBK World Championship

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Winning 10 races and finishing on the podium 14 times this season, Aprilia and Max Biaggi dominated the SBK World Championship. Wiping the floor with rivals prompted other manufacturers to complain that the Aprilia RSV4 was an unfair advantage. Ducati, racing with 200cc more capacity and a long history of SBK rules bent in its favor even cited the RSV4 as one of the reasons it decided to quit the series. Aprilia commemorates this historic win in the video below.

Aprilia USA commissioned Hell For Leather and Tangent Vector to produce this video.

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Want to commemorate the win yourself with a official t-shirt? They’re available here.

  • DougD

    Nicely done, once again.

    What’s up with the horizontal line adjacent to his rear tire and cutting to the left of the photo?

    • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

      That’s a shadow, the light is hitting him square on from the side it looks like.

  • MikeD

    They should make those “FANCY CAM GEARS” Standard on the street bikes instead of those lousy Chains and even LOUSY-ER Tensioners.
    If they sound like an RC51 or 1st Gen VFR800 im sold.

  • Viceroy_Fizzlebottom

    Congrats the Max and Aprilia!

    Next season is going to be VERY interesting. There will be a few more Aprilias on the grid, including one ridden by Haga, and Haslam on a BMW. I can’t wait!

  • GuessWho

    They can all be glad Ben S-pies isn’t still in their game.

  • RandyS

    In Ducati’s defense (and I’ve never owned a Ducati myself), even though they got 200cc’s more, to offset their two fewer cylinders, they were then forced to use intake restrictors. (Which sort of makes you wonder what the entire point of giving them the extra 200cc’s was.) Given the latter, I suspect that Ducati didn’t think that they could remain competitive in WSB; and I’m not sure that I would disagree.

    Meanwhile Aprilla was allowed to use gear drive to their overhead cams; something that no ordinary consumer even has access to. While this bending of the rules probably didn’t give Aprilla the big advantage that many ascribe to it, it arguably gives the appearance that Aprilla was being given preferential treatment.

    Ducati has Rossi riding for them next year in MotoGP, and they have a wildly expensive carbon-framed bike. It makes sense for them to put all of their eggs in the MotoGP basket for the next couple of years.

    • Slim Pickens

      The cam upgrade is available in their parts catalog, which is the reason they’re allowed to run it.

      • MikeD

        It “should” be mandatory on production bikes to allow them to use it on the race track. That is complete B.S (danm rules),ur rigth.

        • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Wes Siler

          Ducati doth protest too much. Remember when they were running traction control before any road bikes had it? Or the 1990s? Racing has been about bending the rules for as long as racing has existed, they can’t suddenly throw a fit because someone figures out how to bend the rules better than them.

          • RandyS

            The rules should be designed to encourage more manufacturers to participate, not less, and to make the racing more competitive, not less.

            Ducati, arguably, has needed some help getting their twin cylinder motorcycle competitive with a field of four cylinder competitors. I wouldn’t begrudge them some allowances in the rules to allow them to be competitive. Twins *should* be given a handicap when racing against fours. Other manufacturers were free to take advantage of this handicapping and race their own twins, and in fact, some did a number of years back.

            Aprilla didn’t need help from the rules to make their bike competitive. It was virtually a racebike with lights right off the drawing board.

            However, I don’t see Aprilla being allowed to run gear-driven cams as being as big an affront as requiring Ducati to run intake restrictors. There seems to be no logic to that, unless the FIM *wants* to hold back Ducati. Given the situation, I don’t see how Ducati could have remained in SBK.

            The rules, if not biased, aren’t calculated to allow Ducati the opportunity to be fully competitive. As a result, one of the more entertaining brands is no longer participating in SBK, and we as fans suffer for that.

            • until

              Am I the only one who thinks Ducati’s supposed lack of competitiveness with a twin to be silly? I understand that the v-twin is an important part of their image/heritage. But if the v-twin is so weak compared to inline 4s, then why don’t they build an inline 4, homologate it, and race in SBK? Ducati isn’t sticking to their v-twin in MotoGP. How is SBK any different? I’m of the opinion that they dug their own grave; now either lie in it or change.

  • http://hellforleathermagazine.com Grant Ray

    All media sources work with advertising to produce income, NYT, WSJ, etc. This is old hat and has been discussed ad nauseum. Get out of your cave, please.