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Aprilia RSV4 motor will now power the "Wolf GB08 Thunder"

Aprilia RSV4 motor will now power the "Wolf GB08 Thunder"

And that is NOT another motorcycle we are talking about

The Aprilia RSV4 has been a well-accomplished name in the circuits of SBK championship, where the motorcycle has already recorded seven world titles in a span of six years. It is this testimony of the RSV4, which has made it quite unshakable when it comes to consistency in the liter class supersport segment.

Now, the same V four soul has made its way into another Italian body to go win races. The Italian we are talking about here is not another two-wheeled dreamer but is a Formula X single seater race car called the Wolf GB08 Thunder. Running on the 65 degree V4 machine for the first time, the race car will run at the Italian Sport Prototype Championship 2018.

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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.

Continue reading to read more about the messy situation Stefan Bradl has found himself in.

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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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Prep Yourselves Ahead Of The 2015 MotoGP Season

Prep Yourselves Ahead Of The 2015 MotoGP Season

The 2015 MotoGP season kicks off on March 30, 2015 with the Qatar Grand Prix. That means we have close to five days left before lights turn green, signalling the start of what could very well be another action-packed season of the premier motorcycle racing series in the world.

I’m obviously geeked up for the 30th to arrive and I’m pretty confident that a lot of you share in my excitement. There are a lot of reasons to get pumped up for the start of the 2015 MotoGP season and certainly, there are a lot of interesting subplots that will play out over the next eight months that should make this year another one for the books.

The most obvious plot of the new MotoGP season revolves around Marc Marquez’s quest to win his third-straight MotoGP title. That hasn’t been done since Valentino Rossi won five straight titles from 2001 to 2005. Can Marquez do it? He’s certainly in a great position to do achieve it, although I wouldn’t put it past Repsol Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa and Yamaha riders Jorge Lorenzo to make it interesting for the 22-year old defending champion.

That’s only a sample of what we can expect ahead of the 2015 MotoGP season. So to get you primed up for this weekend’s season-opening race at the Qatar Grand Prix, continue after the jump as I answer a few more questions on what we can look forward to for the upcoming season of MotoGP.

Continue reading after the jump.

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Aprilia HSBK Racing Team Announces Rider Line-up For MotoAmerica

Aprilia HSBK Racing Team Announces Rider Line-up For MotoAmerica

On the heels of its announcement signalling its intention to compete in the inaugural MotoAmerica season, Aprilia HSBK Racing has announced its rider lineup that will compete in the SuperStock 1000 class. With the new Aprilia RS4 serving as the team’s official ride this season, supporters of the team should be thrilled to know that Dustin Dominguez and Devon McDonough have both signed up as the team’s official riders, carrying with the fortunes of the Aprilia HSBK Racing ahead of the upcoming season.

In addition to Dominguez and McDonough, the team has also tapped the services of RSRacecraft’s Ronnie Saner to be its crew chief. Part of Saner’s task will be to help in engine development and technical services, ensuring that the team is up to task with the demands of the inaugural MotoAmerica season.

The hiring of Saner doesn’t come as a surprise to a lot of people. He’s already worked with Dominguez in the past and brings with him the experience that comes with being a grizzled veteran in the motor racing scene.

Things are definitely looking up for the Aprilia HSBK Racing team as it takes up its position as one of the teams competing to become the first ever MotoAmerica champion.

Click past the jump to read more about the Aprilia HSBK Racing Team’s driver lineup.

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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 RSV4 receives Alitalia livery

Aprilia RSV4 receives Alitalia livery

Aprilia has just revealed their 2010 WSBK RSV4 motorcycle, which gets the Alitalia livery. Sponsored by the Italian airline company and with the riding skills of Max Biaggi and Leon Camier, Aprilia team hopes for a great racing season.

As much as we’d like the absolutely superb tricolore paint scheme, all we will think about right after repositioning our jaws is that V4 engine capable to power the Italian superbike up to speeds in excess of 200 mph.

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Officially official: 2010 Aprilia MXV 4.5 Dakar bike

Officially official: 2010 Aprilia MXV 4.5 Dakar bike

The 2010 edition of the world’s toughest rally, Dakar, will see Team Giofil’s riders – Paolo Ceci, Gerard Farres, Francisco Lopez and Alex Zanotti – competing on the barely revealed Aprilia MXV 450 Africa.

This is the latest version of the bike that brought the team the last two consecutive Rally of the Pharoahs wins (in 2008 and 2009) and third place overall in 2009.

Although based on the standard MXV 4.5 model, the four competition bikes that Aprilia will supply Team Giofil with are all powered by a seriously modified engine and strengthened chassis, the bodywork and navigation equipment being actually the least stressful part when preparing any bike for 16 days of hell on earth.

Teams will be setting off on January 1 and surrender weapons on January 17, 2010.

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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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Alvaro Baustista's joy loops bikes (w/video)

Alvaro Baustista’s joy loops bikes (w/video)

250cc Grand Prix racer Alvaro Baustista won third place last weekend at Brno after announcing a 2-year contract with MotoGP factory team Rizla Suzuki. These are more than enough reasons for a young racer to perform a wheelie during the celebration lap, but Baustista was most likely too enthusiastic for a maneuver that requires so much attention. See the result after the jump.

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Aprilia RSV4 official racing colors

Aprilia RSV4 official racing colors

Aprilia has just presented the final graphic version of their RSV4 superbike that will debut in the World Superbike Championship this weekend. As seen, Aprilia makes an entry on the WSBK scene without the help of a main sponsor so the fairing displays the traditional colors of the Italian company, the most visible logos being RSV4 and Aprilia.

Recent test have shown that the new Italian V4 is capable of great performances and with the help of Shinya Nakano and Max Biaggi, the Noale house aims towards as much presences on the podium as possible.

We wish them the best of luck!

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Motorcycle video of the day: ZX-R 400 vs R1 vs GSX-R 750 vs RSV 1000

Motorcycle video of the day: ZX-R 400 vs R1 vs GSX-R 750 vs RSV 1000

Here’s a lesson that all of us could take: it’s the rider not the bike that makes the difference and you can have a blast on a mid-size motorcycle too. To convince you, here’s a video where a Kawasaki ZX-R ...400 competes against three other bikes but the weird thing is that the 400cc is far from its place in this pile of cubic centimeters and watts.

Before you watch this video I must remind you that the 400cc has a maximum power output around 57HP while the other three at least three times more.

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Photo of the day: not the dearest sight!

Photo of the day: not the dearest sight!

Just like the picture shows, it is not always recommended to go strong before a corner and this rider has learned its lesson in the bad way. This also shows that the protective tire wall is sometimes useless or even worst as it is built for cars, not for the trouble getting two wheels of this crashed racing Aprilia RS 125. Let’s just hope that behind those tires there was a soft cushion on which landing in your head would be a bit less painful (like that’s a consolation).

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