A few weeks ago we had posted an article about Aprilia planning to enter World Superbike racing in 2008. Apparently, the Italian company isn’t going to stop at that. Aprilia’s ambition stretches all the way up to MotoGP and no, the 2002-03 debacle with their three-cylinder RS Cube MotoGP bike doesn’t faze them one bit.
Roberto Colaninno, President of the Piaggio Group recently met Carmelo Ezpeleta, Dorna CEO, and the two discussed Aprilia’s coming back to MotoGP. Said Colaninno, ‘We want to compete with Honda, BMW, Yamaha, and Ducati. We have a reorganized group and we can make it. Our objective is to arrive in MotoGP within three years!’
What does this mean for Aprilia’s plans of racing in SBK next year? Says Colaninno, ‘We will not abandon the world superbikes plan, but we will reorganize our presence in 125cc and 250cc grand prix racing.’ Hmm… with a lineup of exciting new sportsbikes and ambitious plans in top-level roadracing, Aprilia certainly seem to be going places…
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