As well as celebrating Max Biaggi's success in the World Superbike Championship riders' standings, Aprilia as a whole team have further reason to be pleased after the Italian marque secured its second manufacturers' crown.
Two years after reaping the rewards of Biaggi's dominant turn in 2010, Aprilia have triumphed once again in 2012 thanks to wins achieved by each of its three representatives on the grid.
Indeed, as well as Biaggi's five victories, Eugene Laverty's win at Portimao and Chaz Davies's success at the Nurburgring proved pivotal in Aprilia edging ahead of season-long rivals BMW.
BMW had looked on course for a run at the title following Marco Melandri's strong run of summer form, but struggles at the Nurburgring and Portimao allowed Aprilia to regain the initiative and secure the championship by a fairly comfortable 17.5 points.
“Winning is always something extraordinary, but winning a world championship this way, at the last turn of the last race, makes it incredibly exciting,” said Aprilia sporting director Gigi Dall'Igna. “Credit to Max who battled on every circuit, always earning important points and bringing home fantastic victories which led us to this double victory today.
“Aprilia's victory in the Manufacturer World Championship, thanks also to Laverty, is a reward for a great Group and a Racing Division which are the pride of Italian technology. Applause also goes to our rivals, never before so many and strong enough to make the outcome of this championship uncertain and unforgettable down to the last moment.”