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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.

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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.

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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

Source: Asphaltandrubber