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Aprilia Moto2 project in doubt.

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' could take over development of the Aprilia Moto2 project, after the Noale factory seems to have undergone a last-minute change of heart regarding the new world championship class.

A stalwart of the 250cc World Championship, Aprilia planned to supply and develop a 'factory' chassis for the new four-stroke category - which will see all machines powered by identical, Honda-built, 600cc engines and Dunlop tyres - with the Mapfre Aspar, Speedup Aprilia, Ajo Motorsport and Cardion AB Motoracing teams expecting to use the Aprilia design.

But although the Aprilia chassis is 'almost' complete, question marks now surround the future of the project - with Aprilia considering using its resources to expand its WSBK project from one to two teams and also mulling a future return to the MotoGP class, when the championship is expected to allow modified production engines from 2011 or 2012.

“The [Aprilia Moto2] bikes are almost ready and I hope to have them for tests scheduled for December 9 in Valencia,” GPone.com quotes Aspar as saying. ”It's a little late for them to think again.

"In my opinion to abandon the Aprilia Moto2 project at this point would be a huge mistake, because the experience in the new category could be useful in 2012 or even in 2011, when the changes take place in MotoGP.

“If Aprilia's intention is to return to MotoGP [running a production-based engine in a prototype chassis], then Moto2 could be the ideal test-bed to do it."

Aspar has already signed Mike di Meglio and Julian Simon for the 2010 Moto2 season.

Meanwhile Aprilia, which last raced in MotoGP during 2004, is soon expected to confirm the signing of British Superbike champion Leon Camier to ride alongside Max Biaggi in its factory WSBK team next year.

A second team could be set up to run MotoGP refugee Alex de Angelis.



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Aspar Martinez, British MotoGP 2009
Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
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West and Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Di Meglio, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
West and Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Simon, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Di Meglio, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Di Meglio, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Di Meglio, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Romano Albessiano, Aprilia team boss, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Romano Albessiano, Aprilia team boss, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP test, November 2014
Jorge Martinez `Aspar` presents Marc Marquez with 2014 MotoGP world champion certificate at FIM Awards (Pic: Aspar)
Julian Simon tests for QMMF (pic: QMMF)

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monster

November 24, 2009 2:03 PM

IMO the Aprilla factory is acting like a petulant child When their '8 year old, million euro a year' bikes are superseded, they take their football and go straight home. As soon as it looks like everyone is playing the new game they want back in until they realize some of the players(FTR) are looking really good, then they get the huff and want to go home again. Pathetic

The Morgue

November 24, 2009 10:25 AM

Face it, an Aprilia with a Honda engine is a bit strange and not good advertisement for the factory. They are more than capable of building their own engines and I hope they return to MotoGP. If only we could have that fabulous Apriilia Cube triple back, dog of a bike but what a sound! :) Vroooaaaaarrrrrrbbllleblblblblbbllllsplutter..splutter!! :) :p



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