Aprilia Factory Team to Race in 2015 MotoAmerica Season
In a further vote of confidence for the inaugural MotoAmerica season, Aprilia USA has announced that it will race in the Superstock 1000 class with the Aprilia RSV4. Aprilia will team up with HSBK, an large American dealer to form the Aprilia HSBK Racing Team, with the rider lineup yet to be announced.
Phil Read Jr, marketing & communications director for Piaggio Group Americas who are the official importer of Aprilia in the United States said that “Aprilia is a racing brand, it is in our DNA. The passion for racing is what drives our ambitions and a relentless determination for success. The new MotoAmerica Superstock series offers a critical step to developing future champions and gives Aprilia USA the ideal opportunity to go racing with the RSV4 Factory. But this is only the first step of a longer plan and we look forward to some exciting racing this year.”
Repsol Honda Unveil their 2015 MotoGP Livery
Honda unveiled their paint scheme for the 2015 MotoGP on the tropical island of Bali, Indonesia with both riders, world champion Marq Marquez and Dani Pedrosa at the launch. There’s not a huge difference between the ’15 and ’14 paint schemes, though the Red Bull sponsorship is slightly more prominent.
“It’s been a long and busy Winter break and now I’m really looking forward to starting the season!” said Marquez. “It’s great to be able to present our new bikes in Indonesia, together with our partner Astra Honda, it’s such a beautiful backdrop! It’s my first time here in Bali and it’s wonderful to see all the fans here and feel their enthusiasm for MotoGP. Tomorrow we leave for Malaysia, I’ve trained a lot during last month to prepare myself for these first two tests in Sepang and I’m excited to be with my crew again and see how the new bike is working after Valencia test!”
Check out the launch video (which will make anyone living in the Northern Hemisphere jealous) plus an official image gallery below.
Kawasaki Versys 1000 Launched in India
Motorcycle manufacturers are continually looking to expand into new markets and with a growing middle class and a love for motorcycles, India is an attractive option. Kawasaki has announced the release of the heavily updated Versys 1000 in India at a price of ₹12.90 lakhs and will thankfully come with ABS as standard.
It will be available only in black and will be retailed through the standalone showrooms of Kawasaki in Pune, Delhi, Bangalore, Chennai and Kolkata.