Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Aprilia abandons Moto2 plans, will focus on WSBK
Even before it’s gotten off to a start, the controversial Moto2 class has already suffered its first casualty – Aprilia have announced that they wouldn’t be fielding a factory team in the brand-new 600cc four-stroke class after all.
According to its rules, Moto2 will have 600cc four-stroke engines from one supplier only (Honda), while teams would be free to use their own chassis and suspension components. ‘It would be useless and harmful to the image of a large European motorcycle manufacturer, which has won 43 world titles in road racing and off-road competition, to take part in a race series which relies on engine technology by a rival constructor,’ said a press release from Aprilia.
While Aprilia will not be present in Moto2, they will definitely continue to have a strong presence in top-level motorcycle racing. The company is expected to increase its focus on the World Superbikes series (Wayne Gardner thinks the RSV4 is actually the best bike of the current WSBK lot) and might even come back to MotoGP, if that series allows production-based engines at some time in the future.
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