Is this the 2012 SBK World Champion?

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2012 is going to be a big year for Aprilia Racing. After a definitive Championship in 2010, the team suffered an embarrassing defeat to a privateer rival last year. This is also probably the last year before the 1199 heads to SBK and a year in which Japanese budgets will continue to be low while their bikes remain relatively uncompetitive. These are the bikes Eugene Laverty and Max Biaggi will be campaigning in the series. New graphics reflect the changes made to the consumer 2012 Aprilia RSV4 Factory APRC, accentuating that bike’s graphic swoosh with Italian tri-colors.

  • Rick

    CAREFUL WITH THAT AXE EUGENE: Laverty looks like a title challenger but yesterday’s big testing smash at Phillip Island broke bones in his hand- he’s got less than two weeks to heal before the series opener Down Under…

  • Coreyvwc

    My money is on the ancient rider with the outdated privateer bike, again…

    • matt

      check and check

  • Gene

    I certainly hope not. Definitely not an Aprilia fan, and most *definitely* not a Biaggi fan.

  • Chris Davis

    They really should have gone with the PMY colorway.

  • GGno

    “…defeat to a privateer rival last year”.
    Suuure, that 1198 is all but privateer.
    Anyway RSV4 is damn sexy.

  • Elmer

    My money is on the bike with the 200cc advantage. Don’t give me that weight disadvantage shit either…I’ll take 200cc and a bowling ball strapped to the back any day of the week.