The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini have officially unveiled the new 2016 Aprilia RS-GP bike along with a bright new livery for the team and bike.
The outfit’s previous silver and black scheme gets replaced on the 2016 bike with this new colourful scheme. As previously reported, the team’s riders – Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl – will ride the new 2016 Aprilia RS-GP.
Aprilia remains rather coy still with details surrounding the new bike’s engine design and layout. The outfit states that the new bike utilises a brand new “narrow angle” V4 design, which suggest that the cylinder placement angles are less than 90-degrees. Rumours during the on-going final round of pre-season tests in Losail, Qatar indicate that this new mill does not use a 65-degree layout design, which was what the previous Aprilia RS-GP’s engine featured.
Still, Aprilia keenly mentioned that this new V4 engine is primed with pneumatic valves and a counter-rotating crankshaft, granting it ability to generate over 250hp. Paired with a seamless transmission, the powertrain sits in a twin-spar aluminium frame design with an aluminium swingarm connected to it.
Interestlingly, reports also indicate that the new 2016 Aprilia RS-GP machine weighs lighter than its predecessor. Aprilia remains coy with details and figures again in this area. Furthermore, online reports indicate that the new machine tips the scale with a figure that is right on, or at least very close to, the FIM-regulated minimum weight requirement for all MotoGP bikes.
The upcoming new MotoGP season will be a crucial one for the Italian manufacturer in its attempt to turn its fortunes around. The Aprilia brand returned to the premier MotoGP class last year, but the 2015 Aprilia RS-GP machine, which was developed based off the Aprilia RSV4 superbike, struggled to perform against even some of the satellite machinery.
Nevertheless, Aprilia’s racing head Romano Albesiano remains as before postive. Albesiano was recently quoted in stating:
“The first responses from testing have been positive. We received very positive feedback from both riders specifically from a dynamics point of view. In any case, this is the beginning of a long path and we are well aware of the inevitable difficulties that come along with any new project.”
Source: Aprilia Racing Team Gresini via Asphaltandrubber