WSBK » Laverty talks first Aprilia impressions


The Irishman switches to Aprilia following Yamaha's withdrawal and is already on the pace aboard the RSV-4.

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Maxi Fan - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 10:40 AM

Good Luck for next season, definitely one of the best riders in the championship, but does anyone know what exactly he will be riding, is it the full works machine or a machine run by another team with works support? Seems to be a bit of confusion on this one.

Don-R

October 25, 2011 10:55 AM
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I think it's a full factory bike but run by the PATA squad?

Correction: it's now been confirmed he's going to be run within the same team as Max, just as Camier was. The PATA squad might still switch to Ducati.

srad - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 11:08 AM

i think it is a full factory effort with factory technicians + some hand picked that have moved with Eugene, i would say that this is a serious attempt by Aprilia to put another genuine championship contender in the mix.
Max will have no input to what happens in the Pata squad at all (i hope) given how EL performed on the 600 and the RSV4 being physicaly like a 600 and his rookie performance on the R1 don't be surprised if he isn't podium from race 1, all the best for next seaon Eugene, wise move.

whynot - Unregistered

October 25, 2011 3:21 PM

he will be on factory parts and full factory support your right and with biaggi coming towards the end of his career and lavertys starting to take shape, aprillia would be very silly to not give him full backing as he could be the future for them.

Eugene has proved himself worthy of receiving equal treatment, im sure aprillia wont lets max's toys flying out the pram affect their decisions on who gets what. Towards the end of the championship if one is leading the other by a fair bit then their focus may change but cant see it up until that point, plus i doubt Eugene would have signed if he didnt get these guarantees, he seems very clued up

rsvman

October 25, 2011 3:44 PM

As an Aprilia fan...this looks promising. I'm not sure why Leon never really got on with the bike, but Eugene might just be the key. Now, let's see if Max fights or folds. I'm still not convinced that Eugene will get the same stuff as Max. Aprilia has always been funny about those things. It may not matter since Eugene seems to be better at setting up the bike from the get-go.

Now for the big problem. Carlos on the Ducati. They are going to be very, very tough next year.

Dannyboy

October 25, 2011 6:29 PM

I can't think of a better fit for bike or rider! Matter of fact, I'll go so far as to say it won't matter if Aprilia gives Max a better kit or not, I say Norge still gets the better of Max by seasons end. Don't forget Max will have a mental breakdown at some point, probably due to another rider like, oh say, Melandri?! Maybe?

Either way, cheers to some good exciting races next year!

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