|Yep, still black & red
Aprilia launched their 2013 World Superbike effort in Milan yesterday. Surprisingly, the Aprilia livery hasn’t changed much, if at all apart from the headlight stickers which are compulsory for WSB machines from 2013.
What has changed, however is the Aprilia line up – for the first time since they rejoined World Superbikes in 2009 their number 1 rider is not Max Biaggi. Instead, Eugene Laverty will take over the top spot at the team and he is joined at Aprilia by Frenchman, Sylvain Guintoli.
The pair will campaign Aprilia’s flagship superbike, the RSV4 which has won 2 world titles in the last 4 years. The team will participate in tests at Philip Island before the first race at the end of the month.
Laverty said: “With a season’s experience behind me, I can certainly aim at important results. I prepared well over the winter and during the first tests of the season I worked really hard together with the Team on the development of the RSV4. It’s a bit soon to start talking about goals and rankings, but I have to admit that my intention is to win the World Superbike.”
Guintoli, about to start his debut year with Aprilia: “It’s an honour to ride the world champion bike, for me this is the most important occasion of my racing career. A lot of people have asked me if I feel under a lot of pressure, but the fact that I want to do well and prove my worth in the World Superbike is far greater than any tension. What surprised me most about the RSV4 is that it felt immediately natural to ride. Straightaway I felt “at home”, despite having ridden bikes with very different features in the past. The RSV4 is fast, but more important it offers all the adjustments to enable it to be adapted to my riding style.”
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