WSB Miller: Aprilia boss ponders MotoGP future

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Aprilia Motorsport boss Gigi Dall’Igna has confirmed that the Italian manufacturer are keeping a close eye on the MotoGP with a view to returning to the class. Aprilia left the MotoGP paddock in 2004 after failing to get up to speed with the powerful but problematic RS3 Cube, but since switching to WSB they have proved their credentials in the four stroke arena.

Max Biaggi currently sits second in the championship standings onboard the RSV4 which has already set new standards in the class in terms of top speed. At Monza earlier in the year Biaggi and the RSV4 set a new WSB top speed record of 205.17mph.

Dall’Igna said: “For sure we are thinking about MotoGP. It is normal for Aprilia racing to do this but for the moment our focus is on winning the world Superbike Championship – all our effort is in this.

“In the past Aprilia racing was for sure a good racing department, but we specialised on the two strokes. The WSB project has given us the knowledge and mentality for four strokes. We had to move in to four strokes and I think that we have won this battle.

“At the moment we are thinking about MotoGP, we are looking at ways to prepare, but there is no fixed plan. Our focus remains to win in WSB.”

Michael Guy

By Michael Guy

Sports Editor, former 250-racer and adventure rider