While Ducati's 16 manufacturers' titles ensure there have been no shortage of Italian winners in the history of the World Superbike Championship, Aprilia Alitalia's 2010 success does however represent the first-ever all-Italian triumph.
The firm only re-entered World Superbikes in 2009, seven years after withdrawing from the series in an effort to succeed on the MotoGP stage, but it has taken less than two seasons to become a winner with the much lauded RSV-4.
Max Biaggi's title win at Imola couldn't have been more patriotic either, the former GP star winning with on an Italian bike, with an Italian title sponsor, on Italian tyres and on Italian soil too. Additionally, Biaggi becomes the first-ever Italian winner of the riders' title.
The continuation of success for the Aprilia brand, which has enjoyed considerable success at 125GP and 250GP over the years – with Biaggi himself winning three titles for it during the mid-90s -, there was considerable pride being felt amongst team members as the fans flooded onto the tarmac to celebrate with their new Superbike hero.
“We achieved an extraordinary result which takes place in the second year of Aprilia's participation in World Superbike and, once again, confirms the technical excellence of the Noale Racing Division as well as the Piaggio Group in the two-wheel worldwide scene,” said Piaggio Group chairman Roberto Colaninno.
“It would be impossible to imagine anything better. We won the World Superbike Championship on an Italian track, with an Italian bike, an Italian rider and a sponsor – Alitalia – which takes Italy all over the world. This has never before happened in Superbike history and this makes all of us that much more proud.”
Aprilia will now head to Magny-Cours where it will bid to wrap up a first manufactures' crown too.