Aprilia roll out 2016 RS-GP

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Aprilia have rolled out the all-new RS-GP MotoGP machine that Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista will contest this season, ahead of it’s debut against it’s rivals at the final Qatar pre-season test.

The bike marks a major step forwards for the Italian manufacturer, with a machine wholly different from the CRT-derived machine used in 2015 by the pair, and comes after a winter of hard work for the Noale company.

Retaining the familiar Aprilia V4 format, Aprilia Racing Manager Romano Albesiano says it is nonetheless represents a huge leap forwards for them.

"The new bike reflects recent Aprilia Racing tradition, reinterpreting every concept without compromise, and it is the most ambitious project our racing department has ever undertaken. The first responses from testing have been positive. We received very positive feedback from both riders specifically from a dynamics point of view. In any case, this is the beginning of a long path and we are well aware of the inevitable difficulties that come along with any new project."

"We can count on the contribution of an expert team and two highly motivated riders like Alvaro and Stefan, who immediately realised the importance of our development plan and the great efforts put forth by the racing department. I believe that, after the initial fine-tuning phase, we'll be able to set our sights on respectable results."

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer