Aprilia MotoGP Team-Vorstellung 2017

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Aprilia hat das neue MotoGP-Bike für 2017 im Werk in Noale mit der neuen Fahrerbesetzung Aleix Espargarò und Sam Lowes vorgestellt. Man könnte fast meinen, beim Lackierer seien ein paar Farbtöpfe explodiert. Tatsächlich hat Stardesigner Aldo Drudi das neue Kleid der Aprilia GP-RS entworfen, vermutlich unter der ewig gültigen italienischen Erkenntnis, das ein Rennmotorrad gar nicht bunt genug sein kann – ist jedenfalls super geworden (findet der Salat).

Sam Lowes, Alex Espargarò, Aprilia RS-GP 2017

Hier die Stimmen vom Teamchef und der Fahrer im O-Ton:

Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager: »For us, 2017 begins with a different situation compared with last year. We already know that we have a bike, the RS-GP, which has reached a good competitive level. The evolutions that we studied and applied in view of the new season concern every aspect of the bike, from its weight, which has been optimised, to overall balance, not to mention engine performance and the electronics package. An all-around operation but without any drastic changes, given the good starting base, with which we want to take another step toward the goals set for the Aprilia MotoGP project. The initial feedback has been encouraging. Aleix likes the new bike and has some rather clear ideas on which characteristics have the most room for improvement, so we will be working in those areas throughout the season. The racing department put in a lot of effort during the winter break. Everyone understands the importance of the challenge we are facing and our front fairing is just the most visible example of Aprilia’s dedication to innovation. During the tests we stayed in a group of very competitive bikes and riders, where just a few tenths of a second can make a big difference. Our goal, after showing that we can consistently battle for the Top-10, is to improve further.«

 

Aleix Espargarò: »I am happy to unveil the new livery that we will use this year. It is always nice to officially launch a new project, especially because I have great confidence in Aprilia Racing and the team’s work. It will definitely be a good season. We still have a lot to improve, but we have undoubtedly gotten off on the right foot. We are keen to grow. We have specific goals and in order to achieve them, both the team and I will put all of our energy onto the track. All that’s left now is to take on the first race in Qatar and see where we stand against our rivals.«

 

Sam Lowes: „First of all, I am happy to be part of this big family with such a strong bond to racing, with a prestigious history of success like Aprilia Racing. I can’t wait to get back on the track in Qatar. I think that I was able to express about 85% of our potential in the winter tests and from the first race I would like to identify a good base to build on, improving step by step all the way to Valencia. We are setting our sights on the points zone straight away and then aiming for the Top-Ten and to battle for some important MotoGP placements. I believe in myself and I fully believe in the potential of my bike and my team.«

Fotos: Aprilia

APRILIA RACING – 2017 RS-GP

Engine

Aprilia Racing narrow V4, 81mm bore, counter rotating crankshaft, timing with pneumatic valve recall system

Power

>260 HP

Electronic

ECU Magneti Marelli, Dorna software

Gearbox

Aprilia Racing seamless upshift and downshift, 6 speeds, removable

Lubrication

Dry sump

Frame

Aprilia Racing in aluminium

Swingarm

Aprilia Racing in aluminium

Suspension

Öhlins

Brake system

Brembo, front with 320-340 mm diameter dual carbon disc, 255 mm diameter rear single steel disc

Tyres

Michelin

Fotos: Aprilia

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