Aprilia presented today in Noale, at its general headquarters, the Aprilia RS-GP 2018 with which Aleix Espargaró and Scott Redding This year they will compete in the MotoGP World Championship, a motorcycle that has taken a step forward in all its aspects, from its new chassis to its carbon fiber swingarm, passing through an engine that promises more than 270 hp of power and that, for now, neither Aleix nor Scott have been able to test during the preseason tests.
At Noale they are convinced that the Aprilia RS-GP 2018 is ready to improve on the results obtained last year. The two sixth places that Espargaró achieved in Qatar and Aragon are, for the moment, the reference that the Italian factory has set for 2018, trusting that both the Spanish and the British can fight for the positions at the head of the grid.
“The RS-GP 2018 is an in-depth optimization and evolution of the concepts we had on track last year,” he said. Roman Albesian, head of the Aprilia Racing department. “The chassis is radically new, like the airbox, the cooling system and the aerodynamics,” says the Italian, who also highlighted the new weight distribution of the Aprilia RS-GP, one of Aleix’s greatest demands together with the lack of power.
Despite the fact that the results of its two drivers during the preseason tests have been discreet -among other things due to the absence of the 2018 engine-, Albesiano has highlighted the good harmony that both Aleix and Scott had with the new Aprilia RS-GP in your first contact: “The first positive step of the new project was the performance of the riders during the winter tests. They both immediately noticed how much the bike had improved. This reaction never occurs when such significant changes are introduced, but it makes us optimistic for this new season. MotoGP. I think it will be an extremely demanding season. The level has been raised even higher in terms of both bikes and riders on the grid. For our part, we have all our roles to be candidates. “
In order to Aleix Espasrgaró, 2018 will mark his second season as an official Aprilia rider in MotoGP. The Spaniard recalled during the team’s presentation that “Last year we had some very good races and only a few mistakes compromised our final position in qualifying. I am very confident for 2018. The team has worked well and the new Aprilia RS-GP is moving in the right direction. All of our rivals have improved a lot. MotoGP It is a high level championship, but I am sure that we will be close to the top. I am a positive person. I prepared well for this new season and I believe in the direction we are taking. “
For its part, Scott redding embarks on a whole new project after stepping down from the PRAMAC team’s Ducati. For the British it will be his first experience as a factory rider: “I have to say that I have had very positive feelings so far. Having a team behind me that supports me and works with me to improve the bike gives me great motivation. We have managed to improve. consistently with every outing, also experimenting with some solutions that were a gamble, but always with specific goals. “
For the moment, Redding is cautious about his aspirations for 2018: “It is difficult for me to make predictions at the moment. I am still adjusting to the Aprilia RS-GP and at the same time we have embarked on the development of the 2018 model. In any case, I am positive. Thanks to the latest tests in Qatar, we have taken another step forward, narrowing the gap with the leaders, so I am confident going into the first race. “
The two official Aprilia riders will get on their respective Aprilias RS-GP 2018 from next Friday, March 16, on the occasion of the FP1 of the Qatar Grand Prix, at the Losail Circuit, where you can see how this new bet behaves of the Italian brand.
Aprilia RS-GP 2018 technical sheet:
Aprilia Racing “narrow” V4, 81mm bore, counter-rotating crankshaft, pneumatic distribution valves
Power > 270 hp
Magneti Marelli ECU, Dorna software
Aprilia Racing seamless upshift and downshift, 6-speed, cassette type
Aprilia Racing in aluminum
Aprilia Racing in carbon fiber
Front: Öhlins TSB46
Behind: Öhlins TRSP44
Brembo, dual carbon front disc 320-340mm, steel rear disc 255mm
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