The factory-backed Aprilia Racing Team Gresini outfit has finally showed off its new 2016 MotoGP race machine earlier this week, the 2016 Aprilia RS-GP.
The new Aprilia MotoGP race bike finally broke cover during the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini’s three-day testing stint in Qatar. With the totally new bike, the struggling Aprilia Racing Team Gresini is looking to change its fortunes in the upcoming 2016 season.
Unlike its predecessor, which was developed and built based on Aprilia’s production-based superbike, the new 2016 Aprilia RS-GP is completely new. Also new is its V4 engine with an unkown cylinder angle that’s sparking debate. Aprilia’s previous GP bike had its V4 engine designed with a 65-degree cylinder angle that is similar to the Aprilia RSV-4 road-going superbike.
Reports further indicate that the new 2016 Aprilia RS-GP is now considerably lighter than its predecessor where it will likely weigh in just on the FIM’s minimum weight requirement imposed on MotoGP bikes.
Aprilia’s racing chief Romano Albesiano was quoted by sources in stating: “After the Aragon shakedown with the test riders, Alvaro and Stefan began to get to know the new Aprilia RS-GP here in Qatar. These were three very intense and positive days of work.”
Aprilia’s test in Qatar with its new bike was undoubtedly a critical one, especially for both riders Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl. Both riders reportedly admitted that there is plenty more to do in the lead up to the Qatar season-opener next moth, but both also denoted that the stark differences between this new bike against the old one signalled that they were on the right path.
2016 Aprilia RS-GP