How Aprilia Turned The V4 RS-GP Into A Winner, In The August Issue

How Aprilia Turned The V4 RS-GP Into A Winner, In The August Issue

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In the August 2022 issue of Roadracing World:

Aprilia’s moment of MotoGP revolution came in 2019, when parent company Piaggio decided that it must go big or go home. In other words, start spending proper money on MotoGP or quit.

The result of that change of philosophy was a huge technical advance, when the Noale factory created its 2020 RS-GP, the first iteration with a 90-degree V4 engine. Switching from a narrow-angle Vee to a wider-angle Vee changed everything and made perfect sense, because Ducati and Honda were dominating with their own 90-degree V4s.

Aleix Espargaró, who scored the company’s first MotoGP victory at this year’s Argentine GP, remembers the moment he first rode the new bike, during 2020 pre-season testing at Sepang.

“I did three laps, came into the garage and I was crying,” recalls the 32-year-old Spaniard…

          “MotoGP Analysis,” by Mat Oxley.

 

Earlier this year Aprilia won its first MotoGP race, after decades of trying. This is the epic story, from the two-stroke 500cc V-Twin of 1994-2000 to today’s 90-degree four-stroke V-4 beast–all in the latest issue of Roadracing World!

 

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