Racing: Aprilia Returning To MotoGP In 2016

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“The aim is to win, as we did in Superbike,” stated Piaggio Group chairman Roberto Colaninno, announcing that Aprilia will return to MotoGP in 2016. The brand last ran a factory team in the top-tier motorcycle racing series in 2004, with the ill-fated RS Cube.

Aprilia has been racing in MotoGP in an unofficial capacity through the CRT class since 2012. While RSV4-powered bikes have won that class both years, it’s been a bit of a farcical affair; Aprilia is the only manufacturer to apply any sort of effort to CRT racing and that class remains horrendously uncompetitive with the factory machines.

Aprilia has recently experienced great success in SBK, taking the World Championship there this year with its RSV4. It also has a storied history in GP racing, claiming a total of 38 World Championships in the 125 and 250 classes. Valentino Rossi actually started his career aboard an Aprilia and won Championships on their bikes in both the 125 and 250 classes.

“We have two years of hard work ahead of us,” concludes Colaninno. Trouble is, Honda, Yamaha, Suzuki et al will be spending that two years working too, and they already have bikes on the track to build upon.

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  • Mariano

    A Kawasaki, not an Aprillia, took this year’s Championship….

    • ookla_the_mok

      Maybe they meant the manufacturer’s championship? Looks like Aprilia had the highest score at that level.

      • Mariano

        Good point, you might be right.

    • ookla_the_mok

      Maybe they meant the manufacturer’s championship? Looks like Aprilia had the highest score at that level.

    • Tyler McCool

      Last time I checked Aprilia won WSBK 2010 and 2012.. Barely losing 2013 to a strong Tom Sykes (although slightly their fault IMO thanks to mechanical and DNFs… unfortunately).

    • chad west

      Tom sykes all day, he finally got it

    • Afonso Mata

      Aprilia won the Manufacturer’s Championship in 2010, 2012 and 2013.
      Max Biaggi won the Rider’s Championship in an Aprilia RSV4 in 2010 and 2012.

  • Mariano

    A Kawasaki, not an Aprillia, took this year’s Championship….

  • Julian

    So we can hope to see an Aprilia RSV 250 or 300 in the near future ?
    If it gets close to the old devil RS250, i may put the RC390 on hold.
    (ok you said MotoGP, but let’s hope Moto3 and Moto2 too).

  • Geert Willem van der Horst

    The announcement by Colaninno should perhaps also be seen in the light of the fact that none of the major motorcycle marques operated by the Piaggio Group had a new bike to present. The line up for Aprilia and Moto Guzzi remains unchanged for 2014, and there was little else to report, apart from officially presenting Marco Melandri as Aprilia’s new World Superbike rider. A cynic might suggest that announcing Aprilia’s MotoGP plans – vague, surrounded by uncertainty, aiming for a date several years in the future – was a classic piece of marketing misdirection. The media is now buzzing with the news of a possible return to MotoGP by Aprilia in the future, rather than the lack of new bikes for the new year. Time will tell whether Aprilia’s MotoGP plans are a pipe dream, or a concrete program aimed squarely at the future.

    http://motomatters.com/news/2013/11/05/aprilia_to_return_to_motogp_in_2016_just.html