Aprilia have turned to wind-tunnel testing of their new RSV-4 in a bid to eke out additional performance from the bike ahead of its 2009 World Superbike debut.
With less than a month to go before the start of the season in Australia, Aprilia are putting the finishing touches to the bike that Nakano and Max Biaggi will pilot in 2009.
Coming after a disappointing group test at Portimao in January, one that had Biaggi admitting 'morale isn't high' in the team at the moment, Aprilia travelled to the University of Perugia to work on the aerodynamics of the RSV-4.
The test was conducted to help Aprilia work on performance and rider comfort, particularly on the straights. For ex-MotoGP rider Nakano, it was certainly a beneficial experience.
"It was a positive and interesting experience" declared Nakano, "and I was impressed by the technicians and the structure of the University of Perugia. We did several tests for my riding position, making some small changes to improve the aerodynamics as much as possible.
“From the data we obtained today the engineers will now work to try and make some modifications throughout the season. I have to say that from an aerodynamic point of view the RSV4 is already really good and it does not need any immediate modifications.
“I really enjoyed today, now I can't wait to get back on the bike, this time on the track in the next test at Phillip Island on February 16.”