It’s a big year for MotoGP in 2015, with both Aprilia and Suzuki back to compete full-time ahead of the major rule changes for the 2016 year. The Aprilia RS-GP MotoGP bike will used to test and develop their program before it becomes a ‘full factory’ prototype machine for the following year.
“We chose to move up our start date, getting into the mix in the 2015 MotoGP World Championship because we believe that this is the solution which is certainly the most risky but also the best one to become competitive as quickly as possible” said Romano Albesiano, Aprilia racing manager. “We certainly could have avoided the pressure and waited until next year, but that’s not what Aprilia wanted. For us this will be a year of testing, development and in some ways even sacrifice, to be taken full advantage of as we look toward 2016 when we will be able to ride a real Aprilia prototype bike onto the track.”
It’s certainly a gorgeous looking machine with a striking silver, red and black scheme. The bike will be piloted by Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista whose feedback will be absolutely necessary in ensuring the 2016 machine is as competitive as possible next year.
“We are well aware that we have a lot of work to do and we are also aware that this will be a season marked by development, so we aren’t setting any goals for ourselves except to improve race by race, working hard” said Bautista. “I was very pleased with the first two test sessions in Malaysia.”
Large rule changes planned for 2016 have not only attracted Suzuki and Aprilia back to the sport, but KTM is planning to join MotoGP next year as well.