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Stefan Bradl Gets Release From Forward Racing, Joins Aprilia Gresini

Stefan Bradl Gets Release From Forward Racing, Joins Aprilia Gresini

MotoGP rider Stefan Bradl has finally found a seat to race in after agreeing to a deal with Aprilia Racing Gresini to race for the factory outfit for the remainder of the 2015 MotoGP season. The agreement between Bradl and Aprilia Gresini comes after days of contentious discussions with the rider’s former team, Forward Racing Yamaha.

The Yamaha satellite team withdrew from the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9, 2015 after team boss was arrested on charges of corruption and money laundering. All of the team’s accounts were frozen as a result of the team boss arrest, forcing Forward Racing Yamaha into a tenuous position of literally not having any money at its disposal. The team’s dire situation opened the door for Bradl to search for another seat, which he found in Aprilia Racing Gresini.

What seemed to be a seamless transition at the beginning became complicated when reports surfaced that Forward Racing was insisting on receiving compensation from Aprilia Gresini for Bradl’s services. And so, after days of tense negotiations between the two teams, Bradl was finally given his release by Forward Racing.

The German rider is now eligible to race for Aprilia Gresini at the Indianapolis Grand Prix where he will compete for Aprilia’s factory team alongside new teammate Alvaro Bautista. Aprilia is under no illusions on what it expects from Bradl for the remainder of the season.

Since the team is using the 2015 season to basically prepare for its 2016 MotoGP campaign, Bradl will play a key role in the development of the Aprilia’s 2016 race bike. His experience as a factory rider for factory-supported satellite teams like Forward Racing Yamaha will be crucial for Aprilia as it continues to build on the steady gains it has achieved this season.

Stefan Bradl will play a huge role in that regard, and if his performance in the second half of the season trends up for Aprilia, the two sides can negotiate to make Bradl an Aprilia rider in 2016 and, quite possibly, the years after that.

Continue reading to read more about Stefan Bradl’s move to Aprilia Racing Gresini in the second half of the 2015 MotoGP season.

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Forward Racing Reportedly Wants Compensation For Stefan Bradl

Forward Racing Yamaha rider Stefan Bradl isn’t free to ride for any MotoGP team as many of us initially thought. Turns out, his current team isn’t letting him go without any financial compensation.

Two days after the young 25-year old rider was reportedly free to hitch a ride with any MotoGP team after Forward Racing’s withdrawal from the Indianapolis Grand Prix, new reports have come out saying that Forward Racing team manager Marco Curioni isn’t letting his rider go without getting anything in return.

This development is a big hiccup with Bradl’s expected move to the Aprilia Gresini racing team, even though in hindsight, it really was the best move for the cash-strapped team. Simply letting Bradl go to another team meant that Forward Racing would be letting its most important racing asset go at no cost to the team getting him.

That’s bad business, especially when a rider of Bradl’s talent would’ve probably commanded a good price for a team that desparately needs money to stay afloat, at least until the criminal charges filed against team boss are resolved.

Brandl could still find a seat in time for the Indianapolis Grand Prix on August 9, 2015, but for that to happen, Aprilia Gresini would have to acquiesce to the demands of Forward Racing, something the team is unlikely to do on such short notice.

Curioni reportedly held discussions with Aprilia Gresini boss Fausto Gresini about loaning Bradl for the Indianapolis GP and then having the rider switch back to Forward Racing for the Brno Grand Prix. Such an agreement would allow Forward Racing to get its finances in order before the August 16, 2015 race and while it does sound good on paper, it’s doubtful that Aprilia Gresini would agree to a one-race rental for a rider it wants to sign on a long-term contract.

It’s become a messy situation for all parties concerned. Hopefully, a resolution happens in time for the Indy GP on August 8, 2015. Otherwise this thing could turn into a huge distraction for all parties concerned.

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Max Biaggi Set To Make World Superbike Comeback

Max Biaggi Set To Make World Superbike Comeback

The World Superbike Championship has long been the breeding ground for future world champion motorcycle riders. But as this season has showed us, it’s also become the place where racing legends make their comebacks. We all know that former world champion Troy Bayliss raced for Ducati Corse in Australia and Thailand as a late replacement for the team’s injured rider, Davide Giugliano.

Now, it appears that another former champ is making a comeback of his own after reports indicated that two-time World Superbike champion Max Biaggi has signed on to fill two wild card slots with the Aprilia Racing Team - Red Devils team at the Misano and Sepang rounds of the racing series.

Biaggi is no stranger to the World Superbike Championship, having already won the series two times (2010 and 2012). Biaggi’s 2012 title run turned out to be his last as he retired from active competition soon thereafter.

Apparently, the now 43-year-old racer still has that unmistakable racing itch he needs to scratch. He’s all set to do it this season after spending the past two years assisting Aprilia in the development of its MotoGP and WSBK racing bikes.

But numerous reports have said that Biaggi is still in racing form, which is impressive enough on its own considering his advanced age and the length of time he’s been away from active competition.

The only difference is that there are no championships to chase this time. Biaggi will only compete in a couple of races for what’s considered Aprilia’s de facto factory, Red Devils Roma.

Continue reading to read more about Max Biaggi’s return to the World Superbike Championship.

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Aprilia Offers UK Buyers Of Aprilia RSV4 RF VIP Hospitality At Donington Park

Aprilia Offers UK Buyers Of Aprilia RSV4 RF VIP Hospitality At Donington Park

Ever wondered what it must feel like to be right smack in the middle of the action during a World Superbike race? Well, Aprilia’s giving you a chance to experience the proverbial rush of being close to the action at the Donington Park World Superbike round. All you have to do is put down a deposit on the manufacturer’s new RSV 4 RF superbike! Seems pretty easy, right?

It does come with a few conditions that unfortunately leaves us here in the US out of luck, but for our friends in the UK, the opportunity to experience the spectacle of a World Superbike race is now within reach. The expensive part is putting down that deposit and actually buying the bike, but if you’re really looking to get one, then you can be included in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

I did say there were conditions, right? Ok, the first one is that if you cancel your oder prior to attending the event, you immediately forfeit your chance to avail of the prize. It’s also non-transferable and applies only to the person who purchases the bike or drops a deposit at any authorised UK April retailer. The last condition is that transportation to and from Donington Park will come from your own pockets. If these conditions are applicable to you, then by all means, take up April on its offer and experience a World Superbike race right where the action is.

In addition to spending time in the pit garage, participants will also get a chance to meet Aprilia racer Leon Haslam, receive VIP hospitality, and score a handful of unique merchandise to celebrate the occasion.

The invitation is open to anyone but if you’re interested, you must put down a deposit before March 31, 2015.

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Aprilia USA Announces Plan to Compete in MotoAmerica

Aprilia USA Announces Plan to Compete in MotoAmerica

Aprilia’s USA subsidiary has announced that it will field a team for the inaugural season of MotoAmerica after coming to terms with HSBK Racing to form the “Aprilia HSKB Racing” team.

The newly formed team will compete in the first season of MotoAmerica where it will field two riders and use the 2015 Aprilia RS4 Factory super bike as its entry into the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 class.

Aprilia’s decision to enter MotoAmerica is a pretty smart move for the Italian bike maker as it comes at a time when the company is beginning to take important steps in becoming more involved in the US market. Having a bike competing in MotoAmerica is a good way for the company to get some mainstream attention and could be the marketing boost it needs to further bolster its sales numbers in the country.

The company has always had a problem gaining traction in the market, and a big part of that problem doesn’t really involve its own products. It’s a marketing and publicity issue and Aprilia has so far struggled to develop the right campaign to ingratiate itself to the American market.

Turns out, somebody thought of the idea of signing up for MotoAmerica as a good way to gain that attention, all while competing in the racing series that effectively takes the reigns from the AMA Superbike Series as the premier motorcycle racing series in the US.

So far, Aprilia hasn’t announced its rider line-up, but with it signing up to compete in the series, we at least know that the company is taking this new endeavor pretty seriously.

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Aprilia Recalls Shiver and Caponord Models Due to Gearbox Issues

Aprilia Recalls Shiver and Caponord Models Due to Gearbox Issues

Aprilia is jumping on the recall bandwagon, as if it has no other choice but to join in when it discovered that a handful of its Shiver 750 and Caponord 1200 bikes had potentially serious issues that could result in crashes for the bikes and their riders.

So April is doing the prudent thing here, announcing the recall of 337 motorcycles in the US after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that the bikes’ output gear shaft face may not have been machined to the proper specifications by Aprilia’s supplier, Chonging Qiutian Gear Co. The result of this oversight is that screws fastening the sprocket could loosen over time, potentially causing the rear wheel to lock up. That’s not a good place to be in if you’re a rider and that happens to your bike. The UK’s Vehicle $ Safety Services Agency (VOSA) issued a similar recall of the affected Aprilia bikes, indicating that an abnormal noise on the parts involved could be an indication of the potential problem.

That’s probably all that Aprilia needed to spring to action, immediately announcing the recall of the 2014-2015 models of the Shiver 750 and 2015 models of the Caponord.

According the bike maker, riders can bring their bikes to dedicated dealerships, which will then launch investigations on the affected models to determine if it needs to be repaired. In the event that it does need repairs, dealers will immediately install a revised sprocket fastener kit and, if required, add a new secondary shaft for good measure, all at no cost to the customer.

Click past the jump to read more about Aprilia’s recall of the Shiver 750 and the Caponord 1200.

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Aprilia unveils RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica

Aprilia unveils RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica

With the occasion of Max Biaggi’s double win at the Monza WSBK round in Italy, Aprilia took the wraps off their all-new racing replica RSV4 superbike. The bike is destined for the racing track and can be used as an entry-level WSBK race machine as it offers a heck more performance over the production street version and also meets FIM regulations.

Claiming 200bhp and 92lb/ft of torque (that’s an impressive 20bhp and 7.4lb/ft over the production RSV4) from the 65-degree V4 motor, Aprilia sure seems to have done their homework when creating this proper Ducati Desmosedici RR competitor. But it is the ingenious stuff that makes the difference and in the case of the RSV4 Max Biaggi Replica this consists into: a six gear transmission with a multi-disk oil bath clutch with a mechanical anti-skipping system, ride-by-wire throttle control system, QuickShift assisted shifting, an Akrapovich 4-2-1 titanium exhaust and carbon fiber fairing.

All in all, the bike weighs in at 385.8 lbs (dry), which is definitely an achievement over the standard version’s 405.6 lbs. Still, we also have to mention the Ohlins suspension, Brembo brakes and Marchesini forged magnesium alloy wheels before hitting you with the price - 50,000 euros (US$64,142). The clearly exclusive bike is available in Biaggi’s Alitalia Aprilia livery or bare carbon.

Gigi Dall’lgna, technical and sport manager of Aprilia Racing says:

“With the RSV4 Biaggi Replica we offer the sports enthusiast a motorcycle which is as close as you can get to the RSV4 that Max rides on the track in World Superbike. In this project, which was developed in parallel to our re-entry into SBK, we poured out all of our knowledge and years of experience on tracks all over the world. This is the bike which came out of it, conceived and developed within Aprilia Racing to offer unique sensations to the shrewd user.”

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Aprilia Tuareg rendering reveals possible BMW GS rival

Aprilia Tuareg rendering reveals possible BMW GS rival

Italian motorcycle magazine Motociclismo has just revealed a sketch that they’ve put together as a result of rumors about Aprilia planning to launch a big-bore adventure tourer. Called the Aprilia Tuareg, the motorcycle would be a 1200cc adventure-sports one, which positions it up against BMW’s recently disputed king, the R1200GS and rivals Yamaha XT1200Z Super Ténéré and Ducati Multistrada.

With that being taken into consideration, Aprilia would really have to get the most out of the 1200cc V-twin engine suppose to power their future desert bike, while also keeping it under the 200kg (440lbs) weight limit imposed by the desire for competitiveness.

As this rendering reveals, the dual-purpose bike will come with a 21-inch front wheel, while a street version featuring a 19-inch one isn’t out of the equation either.

We will come back on this subject as soon as more details are available.

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Leon Camier completes the 2010 Aprilia WSBK team

Leon Camier completes the 2010 Aprilia WSBK team

After Max Biaggi was recently confirmed for an additional WSBK season with Aprilia, the Italian bike manufacturer issued a release saying that 23-year-old British racing rider Leon Camier has joined Aprilia’s SBK team for the 2010 season. It seems that Aprilia was more than satisfied with Camier’s results on the RSV4 during the last race of the season at Portimao, where he obtained place sixth and seventh, as well as by the post-race tests on the Portuguese circuit. Their final decision completes the team for the 2010 WSBK Championship.

Leon Camier was born in Ashford on 4 August 1986, won the British 125 cc championship title in 2001 and made his world debut in the 125 class in 2003. He then got into four-stroke bike competitions and won the 2005 British Supersport title. Following this achievement was his 2007 debut in the British Superbike championship, which was an unfortunate one because of a serious crash that caused Camier to be placed eight overall. 2008 saw him finishing the championship in fifth place and in 2009 he won detached the British Superbike championship title with 18 first-place victories out of 26 races and three second places. This British rider’s racing trajectory propelled him to compete in the Magny Cours meeting and the last race of the season at Portimao in Portugal and, finally, to becoming Max Biaggi’s teammate.

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Milan 2009: 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory

Milan 2009: 2010 Aprilia Dorsoduro Factory

Aprilia plays with the 2010 Dorsoduro Factory and we’ve just got our hands on the leaked pictures showing that. While the standard version is very aggressive already, just like the Italians like their bikes to look, the Factory adds carbon fiber parts and a black frame, achieving an overall much more aggressive result.

In what the engine is concerned, this remains the 749.9cc twin developing 92 hp at 8,750 rpm and 60lb/ft at 4,500 rpm. While these numbers are more than decent for a midsized super motard, the engine also works closely together with the “Ride by Wire” system, which is available in three modes: sport, touring and rain.

The suspension equipment now translates into a Sachs kit, which is adjustable to as much as 45mm, while the braking system maintains the same 320mm discs and now works with four-piston Brembo calipers. The sad part is that ABS doesn’t find its place in this equation, like in the case of the standard version.

Expect the Dorsoduro Factory to gather quite a crowd at Aprilia’s EICMA stand this year.

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2010 Aprilia RSV4-R is cheaper than you might think

2010 Aprilia RSV4-R is cheaper than you might think

Knowing about the existence of the Aprilia RSV4 Factory and actually hearing about an “R version” that the Italian company has prepared for next year, you tend to ask yourself how did they possibly transform the supersport motorcycle into an even faster two-wheeler destined for the track, one well worth of the extra “R” in its name. The fact is that the new Aprilia RSV4-R, which will be unveiled this weekend during the twelfth round of the FIM Superbike World Championship scheduled to take place on the Imola Circuit in Italy, is actually a budget version of the original RSV4 and the only thing confusing is simply the name.

Starting from the initial model, Aprilia has taken the all-new RSV4 through a process of removing all the expensive parts and replacing them with much cheaper ones. As a result, the fully-adjustable Ohlins front and rear suspension is gone and it is expected that so will be the carbon fibre fairing and lightweight wheels.

Overall, the 2010 Aprilia RSV4-R will weigh more and not be able to go as fast around bends as its much more expensive brother, but cost $19,600. Considering that this is a bike that buyers will most likely purchase for road use, we don’t think they’ll miss the ultra-expensive parts much and yet definitely appreciate the price.

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Aprilia RS125, RS50 and SR50 get Max Biaggi paint schemes

Aprilia RS125, RS50 and SR50 get Max Biaggi paint schemes

Aprilia has announced the launch of the RS125, RS50 and SR50 special edition Max Biaggi replicas. The two entry-level bikes and the small displacement scooter get the same paint schemes as on the Max Biaggi racing motorcycle, while remaining mechanically the same.

The Italian manufacturer does mention that the bikes will hit dealerships later this year, but doesn’t announce the prices.

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Aprilia working on new adventure tourer

Aprilia working on new adventure tourer

Italian website”Infomotori” states that Aprilia is working on a new, high-capacity adventure tourer, which could make a first official entry at this year’s EICMA International Saloon in Milan. Apparently, the bike is already developed, at least enough to make it possible for it to be tested on the streets of Italy next to a KTM 990 Adventure and be spotted by the same motorcycle journalists.

These first images represent the attempt of design guru Luca Bar to retrace as much as possible the lines of the new model, which, unlike the Caponord, is supposed to do as well off the road as it does on it. The engine is supposed to be a 1,200 cc V-twin which is expected to power the future Shiver/Dorsoduro 1200 as well.

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory promotional video

The RSV4 is being launched this week so Aprilia releases the promotional video of their all-new superbike just so that they have some track action to play on and on again at the world launch.

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Aprilia taking online orders for their RSV4

Aprilia taking online orders for their RSV4

Ordering an Aprilia RSV4 can be as easy as checking your mail as long as you’ve got a great will to buy one and £2000 for a down payment. It’s really that easy. All that future owners have to do is go to the Aprilia RSV4 dedicated webside and place their orders. Then, they have to make a £2000 deposit at the local dealer and count the days until their new acquisition arrives.

All those interested should hurry up as the first 10 RSV4s already have names on them. It seems that the much awaited Italian bike brings that refreshing feel of a totally different engine (at least that’s what we think it sells best).

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Aprilia RSV4 Factory will make it to the US

Aprilia RSV4 Factory will make it to the US

Piaggio Group USA President and CEO Paolo Timoni told Hell for Leather how the Aprilia RSV4 will eventually be sold in the United States during the final quarter of 2009. Although first revealed last September, Aprilia’s 180bhp, 85lb/ft, 179 kg (dry) superbike barely makes it for the 2009 introduction and mostly because of SBK homologation requirements. Accordingly to these, a returning manufacturer must build at least 250 units for initial homologation and 1000 units by June of the first year in racing and that’s precisely the scenario we’re witnessing.

Independently of their motives for introducing the Factory version of the RSV4 till the end of the year, we’re extremely happy to find a potent European contender going against the dominating Japanese crowd.

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US sees the arrival of the 2009 Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro

US sees the arrival of the 2009 Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro

It is now official! The 2009 Aprilia SMV 750 Dorsoduro will line up to the SXV550 and conquer together the American market. We wouldn’t conceive otherwise as ever since Dorsoduro’s presentation, the US public went nuts.

And if you wonder why, the answer is hidden in the Aprilia’s self-developed 750cc liquid-cooled V-Twin engine that is capable of 92-horsepower. Now that’s more than decent for a twin-cylinder engine and the bike has no problems in going against the Ducati Hypermotard which’s engine displaces 1100ccs.

Looking like that and being backed up by 43mm inverted forks holding wave-shaped disc brakes clamped by radial calipers, the Dorsoduro simply invites riders to have an aggressive attitude towards it.

Press release after the jump.

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Aprlia Mana X concept

Aprlia Mana X concept

Having recently gone a little over its hand with the all-new Mana 850 – a typical European naked bike that features CVT shiftless transmission, an electronic ride-by-wire system with multiple throttle maps as well as a helmet storage place instead of what appears to be the gas tank – Aprilia finds new ways of recovering Piaggio’s investment.

The first result takes the form of the Mana X concept which was recently presented at the EICMA show in Milan. So while the original Mana 850 is a dedicated commuter, its X derivation can be easily confused with a supermoto bike or even a dual-sport one as it is radically changed, mostly in what concerns the apparel because the same basic chassis underpins the X.

Get a look at that extremely low and spacious seat, at those thick tires covering the spoked wheels as well as at the waved rotors. Should I even mention the headlights or you’re already hooked? I thought so.

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Aprilia to sell MotoGP bikes

Aprilia to sell MotoGP bikes

It is now official. Aprilia will sell previous Grand Prix motorcycles ridden by Tetsuya Harada and Jeremy McWilliams in the 1999 and 2000 500cc World Championships. If you are a fan I probably don’t even have to mention that the bikes in case are RSW 500 V2 GP models and simply skip to the number of bikes and the prices.

Well, things complicate here as Aprilia doesn’t mention their financial demands, but do adds the fact that buyers will have to sign a contract in which they take the obligation of not divulging the technical details as they will continue belonging to the Italian maker, under intellectual property law.

Getting down to business, we find that only three are available:

The bike used by Harada in the 1999 season;
The bike used by Harada in the 2000 season;
The bike used by McWilliams in the 2000 season.

If you’re ready to spend some serious cash on one serious bike you can contact Aprilia here.

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