WSB: Milwaukee Aprilia lift covers off RSV4 challenger

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Milwaukee Aprilia this morning lifted the covers off the all new RSV4-RF Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori will campaign in the 2017 Superbike World Championship.

Unveiling the livery for the upcoming season at the first test of the year at Jerez, the bikes are noticeably different to the machines Laverty and his Italian team-mate tested at the Spanish track in November.

The V4 machines bear an all-new swinging arm, inspired by Aprilia’s MotoGP bike, as well as a new, narrower fuel tank that moves more fuel under the seat and a wider seat unit to allow for that.


Engineers from the SMR (Shaun Muir Racing) team have spent the past two weeks at the Aprilia factory in Noale building the bikes, with a number of electronic and data engineers also joining the team direct from Italy. Aprilia race boss Romano Albesiano was present for the unveiling of the bike.  

Laverty and Savadori will spend two days testing at Jerez before moving to Portimao next week, with the season set to get underway in Australia in exactly a month’s time. 

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Oli Rushby

By Oli Rushby

Former sports reporter covering British Superbikes, World Superbikes and road racing