Aprilia sets MotoGP comeback in 2016
Motorcycle manufacturer Aprilia have announced their intention to return to MotoGP for the 2016 season. This was confirmed by Aprilia’s sporting managing drector Albesiano Romano in a report through motogp.com
According to Romano, Aprilia’s involvement in the Superbike World Championship is indeed closely linked to their MotoGP plans.
Romano explained that their “Open” bike is closely linked to the Superbike machine and added that their MotoGP challenger would be a 90% crossover.
When asked if Aprilia would have some wildcard appearances during the 2015 season, Romano said, “I would not rule that out. To be able to compete at a high level in 2016, which is our goal, we are developing a completely new project. So, I would not rule out a few appearances in the second half of the 2015 season.”
Romano cited new developments in the premiere series that enticed the Italian marquee to rejoin the series. “Things have changed substantially because, previously, this was an independent company and now it’s part of a multinational, the Piaggio Group. Today we have the industrial and financial stability to participate in a sport as important and challenging as MotoGP.”
“Also, the MotoGP World Championship has changed a lot in recent years and our interest in returning is due to MotoGP indisputably being the most prestigious showcase for us to be. We say that without detracting from Superbikes, which has different aspects relating to promoting our product,” Romano added
Romano expounded that Aprilia, at present, is supplying material to the IodaRacing Project with their rider Danilo Petrucci. “For us it is very important to have a presence in MotoGP because it allows us to participate in technical development.
We can closely follow the evolution of the electronics and tires, for example, all of those elements are fundamental for us. We hope to start ‘true’ testing in MotoGP in the spring of 2015. The riders are yet to be confirmed, but we have plenty of options.”