Biaggi and Laverty continue Aprilia GP development work

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Former world champion Max Biaggi and Tyco BMW MCE British Superbike rider Michael Laverty have been continuing the development of the electronics package for Aprilia’s new MotoGP machine, rumoured to be dubbed the RS-GP.

Joining the Jerez World Superbike test for two days, the duo have been running a hybrid machine that combines Aprilia’s championship-winning 2014 WSB bike with new a new engine and electronic package in preparation of next month’s Sepang tests.

Speaking to MCN, Laverty said that the nature of the work they were carrying out is very different to the sort of testing that he’s used to.

“We’ve been doing the leg work on a bit of a hybrid bike! It’s strange for me to go testing and not try to set the bike up to go as fast as possible, I’m still adapting to the testing role. We have mainly been working on getting the fundamentals correct with the Aprilia software, and also testing various fail safes for example running off the track to make sure the sensors can react to it”

“The intention is that next month when we go to Sepang we’ll be able to plug the new software into the GP bike’s ECU and be able to then concentrate on things like chassis development instead.”

Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer