It is now less than a month until the WSB championship will debut on March 1st and the factory Aprilia World Superbike team makes the final optimizing of their all new Aprilia RSV4 basing on the wind tunnel results.
Aprilia race technicians are trying to find ways of improving both bike and rider aerodynamics in the 2009 racing season and, obviously, they needed a rider. So who better (for the moment) to tuck into RSV4’s fairing than Shinya Nakano? The Japanese rider spend a day in the wind tunnel at the Department of Industrial engineering at the University of Perugia, Italy and has shared his impressions.
Nakano said: "It has been a very positive and interesting experience and I was impressed by the ability of engineers and the staff at the University of Perugia.
"We conducted several tests on my riding position, making the last little adjustments to obtain the best possible aerodynamics. The data that we collected will work to bring new solutions during the course of the season.
"I have to say that the current aerodynamics of the RSV4 are already good and did not need any immediate action.”
Shinya Nakano now completes Aprilia’s team for the 2009 World Superbike Championship after signing a contract for 2009 with the possibility to carry over to 2010. The event took place yesterday after the racer visited the Racing Department of Noale. Apparently, that wasn’t a tough decision to take as the idea of racing side by side with Max Biaggi thrills Nakano.
Taking in consideration what Aprilia go us accustomed with, this is a pretty lame video that doesn’t reflect RSV’s true racing abilities. Part of the freshly launched micro-site for the RSV4, the new ad is suppose to make as fan of the bike before it even starts racing in the Superbike World Championship, but I consider that these new pics do more than the video.
Keeping an eye on the Mugello circuit seemed to be an inspired idea as Aprilia has finally came out to test the RSV 4, a heavily bragged about supersport motorcycle, especially after its first official presentation last February at the International Piaggio Group Convention in Milan.
This is actually the street version of the RSV 4 superbike being tested on the Italian track by an also Italian pilot, Fabrizio Pellizzon. As you can see, it looks 99% ready to hit the streets with its new design kit, and a very important feature that distinguishes a race bike from a street legal one, the headlights. They have received their final shape, leaving us anxiously expecting the first official pictures from the EICMA show in Roma on the 21st of September.