Former World Superbike Champion and MotoGP rider Max Biaggi has completed his three-day test on the Aprilia ART prototype as the Italian manufacturer begins to make preparations for its proposed return to the premier class in 2016.
The now-retired Italian, who won 13 500GP/MotoGP wins between 1998 and 2005 and secured two World Superbike titles, paired up with Aprilia in Mugello aboard the ART prototype, completing 176 laps over three days with a best time of 1min 50.940secs.
For reference, the pole winning time for this year's Italian Grand Prix at Mugello was 1min 47.270secs, with the more comparable leading ART bike of Michael Laverty setting a time of 1min 50.505secs in qualifying.
However, as the first step on the road towards Aprilia's much anticipated return to MotoGP as a full factory effort in 2016, manager Romano Albesiano was satisfied with the data acquired.
"Max's pace was very good and we have gathered valuable data. There is little more to add than what has been said already this week. We decided to try Biaggi because we knew we would get important information from his experience, so from this point of view, the test went as planned."
Biaggi, who retired from competition at the end of his 2012 WSBK title-winning season, was also pleased for the time on the ART.
"The balance of these three days is definitely positive. From all points of view, adaptation to the bike, the tyres, brakes, not to mention the physical effort with so many laps, it becomes important especially if you have not been on the bike for a long time."
"We did a good job, we were able to evaluate the different solutions available and I think I've provided some good ideas to the team."