MotoGP » Official: Aprilia ditches Moto2 project.

"It would be useless and harmful... to take part in a competition which relies on engine technology by a rival constructor"

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November 24, 2009 3:25 PM

Sad that they only now decide this, leaving their customer teams without a chassis and the riders without testing early december.

And crash, while I know a Gilera 250 is an Aprilia in disguise, I still think it isn't the correct picture for an article about an Aprilia Moto2 project.


November 24, 2009 3:25 PM

Screw 'em and good ridence.

They are they ones who were charging millions of dollars to lease old 2-stroke technology and deciding who had a chance to win or not. I'm glad they didn't win the last 250 riders title. Moto2 will have more teams, rider, and more constructors which will be much more interesting.

chete44 - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 4:03 PM

Good news for Sport! :If Aprillia with all their Factory resources arent involved in Moto2 IT can only end up in a fairer levelled grid&closer competition . More chances for the less budgetted teams/frames and for the most talented riders to shine.
Sorry for Aspar&others : the time theyve wasted trusting Aprillia will prove a definitive handicup to catch up with the rest.

grantrd - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 4:07 PM

Wait for it......all the Honda haters moaning about how they ruined the class blah blah blah.......Honda won the tender to supply the engines to the class, whats wrong with that....Aprilia should never have let it get this far anyway....good riddance I agree

Dean Dean - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 4:17 PM

I agree with ZX10 comments to RawDawg... there is, also, nothing 'old technology' about the 2stroke now that direct injection is 'common place.' Remember it was 16yrs ago that Itoh ran an NSR500 direct injection making 200bhp. It was the first to achieve 200mph also but the principles behind 2stroke are not a lot cleaner. There is alot of research into this relatively simple motor but Aprilia effectively stopped development the moment they were notified of the moto2 project.
Aprilia have built their own engines, for production bikes, very rarely ( they did R&D the RSV4 unit, a beauty, but one of only a few they have built themselves ). They rely upon Suzuki and Rotax in main


November 24, 2009 4:44 PM

Did I say that it was Aprilia's fault that they had a monopoly? Where do any of you see that?

But it is not their fault what they did with the monoply ? They are the ones who charged multi-million dollars to lease bikes - is that not correct? There is such a thing call the economy of scales where the more you produce the less it should cost. Aprilia never heard of such I assume......

Are they not they ones who decided who got the "good" engines and who did not?

So cry not for Aprilia - they are the ones who caused unfair competiton in what is bascially a feeder series. F'k 'em once again.

berio - Unregistered

November 24, 2009 4:52 PM

rawdwg you have absolutely no clue about what you are talking about, you are just a 2 stroke and aprilia hater.... if yamaha ktm honda didnt pull out of 250 aprilia wouldnt have been the only one... and anyway the opened everybody asses anyway! on 2 strokes there are no contenders to now get this 4 stroke "cheap" class... you will see how cheap will be... will not go that far from 2 strokes. and will be just a fake gp class... enjoy it guys :)

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