Aprilia will be back to full strength with the return of Aleix Espargaro for this weekend's Valencia MotoGP finale, when the team will also run the special (RED) livery seen at last year's event.

(RED), founded in 2006 by Bono and Bobby Shriver, has contributed more than $475 million to the Global Fund in the battle against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

Spaniard Espargaro will be back in the saddle of his RS-GP after being forced to miss Sepang due to a hand injury at Phillip Island.

"I can't wait to get back in the saddle. I have missed the RS-GP!" Espargaro said. "I was sorry to miss the Malaysia round due to the injury. Unfortunately, ours is a dangerous sport and these things can happen.

"I am confident. My hand is better and despite the fact that there is still some pain, I will give 100%. The entire team and I deserve to finish this season well. We have worked hard and we want to tackle preparation for 2018 with the right confidence."

Rookie team-mate Sam Lowes will be making his final MotoGP appearance for Aprilia before stepping back to Moto2 in 2018.

"I want to do well in Valencia. It is a track where we have done various tests, so we will have a good starting setup. After the triple-header I recharged my batteries and I am ready to give it my all for myself and for the team," Lowes said.

Espargaro starts the final round holding 14th in the world championship, with Lowes 25th.


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Nice colour.

That swing arm looks a big old lump....

That's the color Aprilia looks best in! Super tie-in with charity and hope Aleix does well at Valencia!

Ok Aleix!  Im pulling for you to score a top six finish!  I'm your number one fan you bum...you better finish or I'll have to fly over to Spain and slap you in front of your super model girlfriend!!!!  You dont want that do you? 5th place minimum!!! Go AE!!

Ranked in 25th whereas there are only 23 motogp regulars? Pretty amazing, Sam!

It was sad that Aleix came off at P I. It looked like he was about to join in the fun with the G8 in front, after starting from well down the grid at that circuit which favoured riding ability over machine power. Miller was also riding out of his skin at his home round. It looked like he'd had hypnotherapy whilst under the knife to regress him back to his Moto3 days!  Looks like a super-interesting weekend, so good luck to all!

Very nice livery! Unfortunately I have a feeling Sam may sratch it.

now that it's one colour you can see just how ugly the bike is.