BRADLEY SMITH TEST RIDER FOR THE APRILIA MOTOGP PROJECT
THE ENGLISH RIDER WILL JOIN THE APRILIA TEST TEAM FOR 2019 AND HE WILL ALSO COMPETE ASTRIDE THE RS-GP IN A SERIES OF WILD CARDS DURING THE NEXT SEASON.
Noale, 6 September 2018 – Aprilia's home GP at Misano Adriatico (8-9 September 2018) is also the chance for an important formalization. MotoGP rider Bradley Smith will join the Aprilia Test Team for 2019 and will also compete astride the RS-GP in a series of wild cards during next season. The arrival of the British rider, runner-up 125 champion in 2009 on Aprilia, is part of the racing department's reorganization and reinforcing process to consolidate the Aprilia MotoGP project.
Bradley Smith, born in 1980, took his first steps in motorcycle racing at a very young age in motocross, later making his début in the single-brand Aprilia Superteens where he was quickly in the limelight. He moved up to the 125 World Championship class in 2006, taking his first podium finish the following year. He was then runner-up champion in the category in 2009, whereas in 2011 and 2012 he raced in the intermediate Moto2 class. In his MotoGP experience, begun in 2013, he has finished twice on the podium and taken a series of top 10 placements. His trophy collection also includes one from the prestigious Suzuka 8 Hours, won in 2015.
ANDREA IANNONE WITH APRILIA FOR THE 2019 AND 2020 SEASONS
ROMANO ALBESIANO: "THIS IS A SIGN OF APRILIA'S INCREASING COMMITMENT TO THE MOTOGP PROJECT". THIS TAKES THE APRILIA MOTOGP PROJECT INTO ITS SECOND EVOLUTIONARY STAGE, MOVING THE TEAM FROM NOALE TO A NEW AND HIGHER LEVEL, EVER CLOSER TO THE LEADERS.
Noale (Italy), 8 June 2018 – Andrea Iannone will be astride an Aprilia RS-GP for the 2019 and 2020 MotoGP seasons. The Italian rider from Vasto, born in 1989, will ride alongside the already confirmed Aleix Espargaró. Aprilia fans from all over the world can dream, as Andrea Iannone brings experience, speed and a desire to win at top levels to Aprilia Racing. Together they will tackle a thrilling challenge with every intention of rising to the occasion. The return of an Italian rider to Aprilia is also reason for great pride in the Piaggio Group and it honours the long standing tradition of great champions and unforgettable wins for the manufacturer from Noale which has fostered and raised up almost all the best Italian talent in recent World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing history.
Aprilia Racing thereby adds an important element of growth to its ambitious project – the youngest in the MotoGP championship – led by a very young but highly expert and talented racing department, the advanced technological diamond head and the expression of a great, all-Italian industrial group. In fact, the Iannone-Espargaró duo represents one of the fastest combinations in MotoGP. They are capable of ensuring great competitiveness and an excellent top shelf technical level in order to further close the gap behind the championship lead. They are expert, fast riders and they have strong ties to a thrilling project that is not only a sports project, but also a technical one, which will contribute to the development of the entire Aprilia range, on the track and on the road.
ALEIX ESPARGARO’ ON THE SADDLE OF THE APRILIA RS-GP, DURING THE 2018 MUGELLO GRAND PRIX.
In MotoGP since 2013, after shining in 125 and Moto2 with a total of 12 wins and 12 podium finishes, Andrea Iannone boasts a trophy collection in the top class that includes one win, 8 podiums and 2 pole positions. ROMANO ALBESIANO, APRILIA RACING MANAGER: "With Iannone, we have another highly talented and fast rider who is also demonstrating his value this season. His arrival is a sign of the Piaggio Group and Aprilia's growing commitment to the MotoGP programme, where our bike has already demonstrated that it can rely on a valid technical base. Now we need to stay focused on the 2018 season, beginning from the next GP of Barcelona. We have a strong team that has never stopped working hard. We want to keep growing and take the RS-GP where it deserves to be this season, which is still long, with Aleix and Scott, speaking of whom, I wish to thank publicly for his great professionalism and for his consistently high level of commitment.”
FROM LEFT: ROMANO ALBESIANO AND FAUSTO GRESINI.
FAUSTO GRESINI, TEAM MANAGER: “The combination of Iannone and Aprilia will be fantastic – one of the most interesting in MotoGP – and it has the potential to bring great results. Andrea is a strong, fast and concrete rider. I think that he will be able to provide great support for the team and contribute to the development of the bike. And then, there is no denying that it is always a pleasure to have an Italian rider on an Italian bike Welcome, Andrea. Let's have fun!”
Official photo: the 2018 Aprilia Racing Team Gresini in Qatar.
Losail (Qatar), March 16-18, 2018 – Team, riders, engineers, technicians, motorcycles and atmospheres at the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini pits – where was also the champion Max Biaggi – during the first Grand Prix of the 2018 season. Remembering, with a minute of silence during the day of races on Sunday, the founder of the manufacturer from Noale Ivano Beggio and the Aprilia rider Ralf Walmann, who both recently passed away. And, in their homage, black bows on the Aprilia RS-GP hulls.
APRILIA RACING RS-GP 2018: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: Aprilia Racing "narrow" V4, 81 mm bore, counter-rotating crankshaft, pneumatic valves distribution. Power: >270 HP. Electronic: Magneti Marelli ECU, Dorna software. Gearbox: Aprilia Racing seamless upshift and downshift, 6 speeds, cassette.
Lubrication: Dry sump. Frame: Aprilia Racing in aluminium. Swingarm: Aprilia Racing in carbon fibre. Suspension: Front Öhlins TSB46. Rear: Öhlins TRSP44. Brake system: Brembo, front double carbon disc 320-340 mm, rear single steel disc 255 mm. Tyres: Michelin.
WAITING THE 2018 MOTOGP:
WINTER TRAINING FOR ALEIX ESPARGARO’
THE APRILIA RIDER CONTINUES ATHLETIC PREPARATION, ON THE PYRENEES, BETWEEN SKIING AND TRAINING IN BICYCLE. NEXT APPOINTMENTS: TESTS AT SEPANG, IN MALAYSIA FROM 28 TO 30 JANUARY; FIRST RACE ON 18 MARCH, ON THE LOSAIL INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT, WITH THE GRANDP PRIX OF QATAR.
(Scott Redding, 24, of Gloucester, UK, archive photo).
ESPARGARÓ AND REDDING TOGETHER TO FORM A MOTIVATED, WELL-ROUNDED DUO WITH GREAT POTENTIAL. ROMANO ALBESIANO: “HIS TALENT AND THE GROWTH OF THE RS-GP FOR IMPORTANT RESULTS.”
British rider Scott Redding will team up with Aleix Espargaró and Aprilia Racing astride an RS-GP in the 2018 MotoGP World Championship. Born in 1993, Scott Redding took his first steps in World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing astride an Aprilia in the 125 class. In the 2008 season, his rookie year, he took a win at his home GP in Donington Park (he was the youngest rider to have won a racing in this category at the age of 15). In 2010 he moved over to Moto2, where he would remain for four seasons, taking 3 wins and 11 podiums. In MotoGP since 2014, as his best result, he boasts a third place finish at Misano in 2015 and Assen in 2016.
(Scott Redding, archive photos).
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, commented: “Scott is a rider who, in spite of his young age, has significant experience in MotoGP. We are pleased to have him join our project and we think that his talent and the continued growth of the RS-GP will allow the team and him to achieving important results. Our bike has grown consistently, race after race. The goal to battle stably in the top ten has been more than achieved. And while further steps in technical development are on their way already this season, with this agreement with Scott, we are preparing for next season. Aprilia will be at the starting line with a pair of quality riders that have interesting potential. Aleix is demonstrating more and more that he is a high quality rider and a guarantee for the team. With Scott's contribution, we expect that the team's work will bring Aprilia even closer to the top of the championship, into the positions that such a glorious brand deserves to occupy.
Motogp 2017: Aleix Espargaró on the Aprilia RS-GP.
At the same time, we bid Sam Lowes farewell, certainly thanking him for his commitment and efforts during this, his rookie season in MotoGP, and for the contribution he has made to the team's growth. He is a rider who will doubtless be able to express his talent, but right now we must make choices that allow us to fulfil our commitments to the Piaggio Group and our fans. We will continue to work together with the efforts we have always made so that he can have a good season finale and we wish Sam all the best for his career in the future.”
PRESENTATION IN KUALA LUMPUR OF THE POWERFUL APRILIA V4 BIKES
Aprilia Racing Manager Romano Albesiano on the saddle of the Tuono V4 1100 Factory at the event in Kuala Lumpur.
AT THE “APRILIA MOTOGP DINNER” WITH THE RACING TEAM, DEALERS AND FANS OF THE #BEARACER CLUB.
MotoGP rider Sam Lowes of the Aprilia Racing Team, a guest at the dinner, on the Aprilia RSV4 RF.
The “Aprilia MotoGP Dinner” hosted at the Sama-Sama Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Thursday 26 October 2017 (on the eve of the Sepang GP) was a very special event. The highlight was the official presentation – in front of an enthusiastic audience of dealers and fans of the Aprilia #bearacer club – of the powerful V4 motorcycles in the range: the Aprilia RSV4 RF and the Tuono V4 1100 Factory.
Completing the selection from the Aprilia offer (the brand is distributed in Malaysia by importer Naza Premira) were the Shiver 750 naked bike and the Aprilia SR Max 300ie maxi sports scooter, both decked out in special racing colours. There was also a stand dedicated to Aprilia accessories (“racing style” apparel and helmets).
The Aprilia Shiver 750 naked.
The Aprilia SR Max 300i: the racing scooter for grand touring.
FMI (ITALIAN MOTORCYCLE FEDERATION) CELEBRATES APRILIA’S FIRST WORLD GRAND PRIX MOTORCYCLE RACING WIN: 30 YEARS OF SUCCESS, FROM MISANO 1987 TO 54 WORLD TITLES
Misano Adriatico, 8 September 2017 – The MotoGP weekend at Misano Adriatico marks thirty years since the first Aprilia win in World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing, achieved in the 250 Class with Loris Reggiani on 30 August 1987, right here on the Italian circuit. It was a win that launched a victorious sports history in all motorcycle categories.
As of today, the Italian Racing Department's trophy case holds 54 world titles in the various disciplines, including 38 in World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing with 294 GP wins. That victory is also celebrated by FMI – Federazione Motociclistica Italiana (Italian Motorcycle Federation) who, on the occasion of the MotoGP round in Misano, awarded Aprilia in memory of that first world championship win. It is a tribute to a victorious technical and sports history that has trained extraordinary generations of riders and technicians. Giovanni Copioli, Chairman of FMI, Federazione Motociclistica Italiana(on right, below photo): “As FMI, we are proud to celebrate this anniversary, Aprilia's first world championship triumph, earned by no less than an Italian rider, Loris Reggiani, and right here in Misano. The purpose of this recognition is to pay due homage to an Italian Manufacturer which, beginning from that win, has brought home countless victories, earning an impressive number of titles and holding Italian motorcycling high. I am certain that Aprilia will soon continue this winning tradition, given their efforts and growth in the premier class.”
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager(on left, above photo): “Looking back on Aprilia's first win today traces back over an extraordinary, all Italian heritage of victories. That fantastic performance by Loris Reggiani was the first step in a chain of 294 wins and 38 Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Titles, which are joined by 7 World Superbike Championship Titles and our off-road successes. Today, Aprilia Racing represents the most technologically advanced spearhead of the Piaggio Group with the goal, on the track, of bringing home those wins in the premier category that are missing from our collection of trophies, while continuing to mould technicians and extraordinary skills, persevering on that journey that we began thirty years ago.”
Misano, June 2014: Aprilia RSV4 Superbike with celebratory livery, in the colouring of the AF1 winner, in 250, with Loris Reggiani in the GP of 1987, marking the first Aprilia victory in the MotoGP.
MOTO GUZZI TRIUMPHS WITH THE GUARESCHI BROTHERS AT THE IMOLA 4-HOUR VINTAGE ENDURANCE RACE
RIDING A MOTO GUZZI LE MANS FITTED OUT BY THE HISTORIC GUARESCHI MOTO DEALER IN PARMA, BROTHERS GIANFRANCO AND VITTORIANO TOOK THE MANDELLO EAGLE TO SUCCESS IN A PRELIMINARY RACE FOR THE ITALIAN AND EUROPEAN VINTAGE ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP.
Mandello del Lario, 6 September 2017 – Moto Guzzi has raced back to success in a sports competition thanks to two riders who have always had close ties with the Eagle: riding a Moto Guzzi Le Mans, brothers Gianfranco and Vittoriano Guareschi dominated the 4-Hour Endurance at the Imola circuit on Sunday 3 September, a preliminary race for the Italian and European VintageEndurance Championship.
Already familiar to Guzzi followers after his double victory in 2006 and 2007 with the Moto Guzzi MGS-01 in the famous Battle of the Twins on the Daytona circuit, now Gianfranco Guareschi has written another great chapter in Moto Guzzi’s sporting record. This time, it was a family affair, with Gianfranco teaming up with his brother Vittoriano; together the pair personally prepared the Moto Guzzi Le Mans bike, in the workshop of the historic Guareschi Moto dealer in Parma, working on the frame, suspension and engine.
The Guareschi brothers were the protagonists of a flawless race, and first over the finishing line, with a one-lap lead over British teams Dickinson-Brasher (Suzuki) and Linden-Simpson (Suzuki).
With the “Le Mans style” start, rider changeover and refuelling in the pit lane, the classic 4-hour race guarantees spectacular entertainment.
Another exciting story for Gianfranco Guareschi to tell this weekend at the 2017Moto Guzzi Open House: “Guaro” will be the special guest at the traditional event to be held in Mandello del Lario, the home of Moto Guzzi since 1921, from Friday 8 to Sunday 10. This year once again, thousands of Guzzi fans are expected to turn up for three days of partying at the historic Moto Guzzi factory.