Aprilia Racing Press Release:
World Superbike will be in the limelight on the Marco Simoncelli Circuit at Misano Adriatico this weekend. Aprilia will be at the second round on Italian soil (after Imola) well prepared and with the goal of taking the RSV4 onto the podium.
It will be a difficult challenge given the incredible skill level of the adversaries on the track, but on the Romagnolo track the Italian team will also be able to count on a third bike and a great return: Max Biaggi, six-time World Champion, two of which in Superbike with Aprilia, the only Italian to ever have earned the title in the factory derivative category.
Max will be back in the saddle astride the Team Aprilia Racing RSV4 RF, one of the most victorious models ever in Superbike, a bike that he himself rode to a double championship title (Rider and Manufacturer) in 2010 and 2012. However, development of the V4 from Veneto has continued non-stop, partially in light of the rule changes, and it is Biaggi who manages this aspect with the support of the Aprilia Test Team.
His return, in the dual role of tester and rider – triple if you consider Max’s successful commitment as sports commentator for Mediaset – is exciting not only for the fans, but also for Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager.
“At this point we can’t wait to have him on the track” said Albesiano. “Of the many riders who have won with us, Max is the most victorious in Aprilia history with his four titles in 250 and the fantastic World SBK double win. Seeing him race on ‘his’ RSV4 will be very exciting, both for us and for all motorcycling fans. We are also curious to see how practice and then the two races will go. Max now has a bike which has been adapted to the new rules but one which has also reconfirmed its competitiveness this year and that Max knows well because of his invaluable work as a tester. We are going to Misano motivated to do well with all our riders and to make this round a festive moment for the return of a great champion.”
“I’m getting back on the track! “It is truly very exciting for me to return to racing, to taste the adrenaline of competition again, especially on a circuit as special to me as Misano. In my work as a tester I’m helping Aprilia develop the new RSV4 RF, working very well with the guys that I know well and who by now understand me at first glance. The wild card is a ‘cherry on the top’ so to speak, a chance where I definitely plan on giving my all. I am also well aware of the difficulties. Our rivals are in grand form and for me it won’t be easy at all. The goal is first and foremost to have fun, not to predict any results, but to give 100% to bring a smile to the face of Aprilia, the fans and all enthusiasts. Sunday after Race 2 we’ll draw our conclusions.”