Jul 22

Report: Aprilia to return to MotoGP for 2015 season with Bautista

Spanish 250 cc-rider Alvaro Bautista rides past during a free practice session in Assen on June 25, 2009.  The practice was held two days ahead of the Dutch TT Grand Prix.   AFP PHOTO/ANP/ VINCENT JANNINK - Netherlands out - Belgium out (Photo credit should read VINCENT JANNINK/AFP/Getty Images)

competes on his during a free practice session in the 250 cc class on June 25, 2009 in Assen. (Photo: Vincent Jannink/AFP/Getty Images)

According to Spanish newspaper Marca, Aprilia are planning to participate in next year, as opposed to a previously proposed 2016 arrival date.

With significant technical changes in the premier class coming into effect as of 2016, Marca report that Aprilia want to accelerate their MotoGP project in an attempt to be competitive as soon as possible.

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Jul 4

Aprilia, Biaggi Conclude Three-Day MotoGP Test At Mugello

Max Biaggia is seen riding the ART-Aprilia MotoGP bike at Mugello Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Max Biaggia is seen riding the ART- bike at Mugello Circuit. (Photo: Dorna Communications)

Italian manufacturer Aprilia has wrapped up a three-day test at Mugello, in which extensively put the ART-Aprilia MotoGP bike to its paces.

Biaggi completed a marathon haul of 176 laps over the 72-hour workout, recording a best time of 1:50.940.

For Aprilia however the lap time is not crucial at this stage, as they are more focused on gathering key data for the continued development of their current bike – already being used in the MotoGP World Championship – and in preparation for a new Aprilia prototype they hope will race in the premier class in 2016.

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May 13

MotoGP: ART-Aprilia test day for Biaggi

(Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

Biaggi back on the bike Monday, though Racing Manager insists it ‘is not a test in preparation for a return to the race track.’ (Photo courtesy MotoGP.com)

undertook a day of testing on the ART-Aprilia MotoGP™ machine on Monday at the Mugello circuit.

The former rider enjoyed two successful spells with Aprilia during his racing days, winning two Superbike World Championship titles with the Italian marque (2012 & 2012) after three 250cc Grand Prix World titles with the brand earlier in his career (1994-1996).

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Apr 6

Albesiano On Aprilia’s Plans To Return To MotoGP For 2016

Aprilia is planning to return to MotoGP in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

is planning to return to in 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)

Aprilia have announced their intention to return to the premier class for the 2016 season and motogp.com caught up with Albesiano Romano, Sporting Managing Director of the Italian brand, to get some pointers on their MotoGP plans.

Is your company’s involvement in the Superbike World Championship closely linked to your MotoGP plans?

Very much so. Our ‘Open’ bike is closely linked to the Superbike machine, so I would say that there is a good 90% crossover.

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