De Angelis wins his first race, Lorenzo is World Champion
Aprilia finished up in the best way possible in the 250. The Valencia Community GP witnessed Alex De Angelis from the Master Aspar Team win his first race, while with his fourth place finish, Jorge Lorenzo from Fortuna Aprilia won the riders’ world title in the quarter liter.
The race of “Ricardo Tormo” in Valencia was one for the books: with 5 bikes in the first five places, Aprilia dominated the day. On the podium, next to De Angelis, there was also Roberto Locatelli (Team Toth) and Hector Barbera of Fortuna Aprilia, followed by teammate Lorenzo and Alex Debon, test pilot for Aprilia Racing who raced with the colours of Fortuna Aprilia. The main contender for the rainbow title, Dovizioso, finished up the race in seventh place, behind his teammate Shuohei Aoyama.
“The first victory always arrives when you least expect it – said Alex De Angelis – if I had known friday, after the first round of official trials, that it would wind up like this, I wouldn’t have believed it. The first day, I was a second and a half behind the leaders, then with the team we found a good system and everything started to go better. I didn’t get off to a good start, even if I was in the first row, and when I arrived at the back of Aoyama (KTM) and Roberto Locatelli, I kept my distance because their duel was rough. When the Japanese fell, I was able to get ahead without problems and take a lead that no one was able to recover. I want to thank Aprilia for the work it has done this year and my team that has always given me its best.”
For De Angelis, the first carrier win represents the perfect finish to a great season. De Angelis was among the most consistent in the category, with 10 podium finishes in the last 11 races. For Aprilia, the result represents the tenth affirmation in the 2006 250 season, adding to the five podium finishes already won (15 between victories and podiums in 16 races).
The fourth place finish for Lorenzo brought the riders’ title home to Aprilia. The rider had a great season with eight wins and a series of podium finishes, which allowed him to go into this last race of the year with a 13 point advantage over Dovizioso.
“Jorge Lorenzo’s world title win in the 250 – said Leo Francesco Mercanti, general director for Aprilia – is a result that crowns a fantastic and important year for Aprilia, both from the sport point of view and that of business. It is the proof of the hard work, strength and competence of all the people of Aprilia, whom I thank, and who represent the great patriotism of a brand that has already made its mark on the history of world motorcycling.”
A dedication to sport is an integral part of the spirit of Aprilia, a manufacturer that was born among the races (the first Aprilia bikes were cross competition bikes) and that in its young history, has already won 32 world titles (27 in speed, 2 in trials, 3 in the supermotard). In just twenty-one years, it has won fourth place overall for races won in the World Motorcycling. During this time, Aprilia also won a innumerable amount of European and national titles, both in world races and in cross and superbike.