Archives februari 2019

Historien om Aprilia

februari 13, 2019 / 146 / Artiklar

Gilera-historien har sina rötter i början av nittonhundratalet: den första cykeln som bär detta namn, VT 317, byggdes 1909 av Giuseppe Gilera. I efterkrigstiden producerade Gilera sidoventil 500cc cyklar som den vann några av de viktigaste internationella tävlingarna. Från mitten av trettiotalet kom modeller med överliggande ventiltiming, till exempel Quattro Bulloni 500 och Otto Bulloni. 1936 var året för Rondine äventyr, en racercykel före sin tid med kompressor och en 500cc fyrcylindrig motor. Cykeln ställde upp många världsrekord (274.181 km / h på den kilometer som lanserades 1937: en rekord som stod i nästan tjugo år) och gav Dorino Serafini möjlighet att vinna 1939-EM.

Efter kriget kom Gilera tillbaka på scenen med den nya Saturno 500. I tävlingarna dominerades de nya 500 fyrcylindriska cyklarna i Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing-premierklassen, med episka dueller med Norton, Moto Guzzi och MV Agusta, och vann sex ryttartitlar mellan 1950 och 1957. Umberto Masetti var världsmästare 1950 och ’52 följt av Geoff Duke (vem vann tre mästerskap) och Libero Liberati (en titel). Och sex tillverkare världen titlar anlände, samt tre Turist Trophy segrar, sju italienska titlar och en imponerande vinstrekord av Bruno Francisci i Milano-Taranto. I alla Gilera, innan han gick från konkurrens 1957, hade han vunnit 40 världens Grand Prix-tävlingar. Insatser på terräng var också starka, med Gilera-maskinerna dominerande i de olika internationella sexdagarna och tidsprovningarna. Fabriksproduktionen omfattade medeltillverkningskapacyklarna – Giubileo, Rossa, Turismo, Sport – de sanna huvudpersonerna; i den höga änden, förutom Saturno (som också levereras till väpnade styrkor) föddes 300 Bicilindrica.

1969 blev Gilera en del av Piaggio-gruppen. Deltagande i testen för kors och tid har återupplivat varumärkets traditionella prakt, delvis genom den nyare innovationen, såsom skapandet av det futuristiska 125 Bicilindrica Cross. På åttiotalet utvecklades en ny fyrtakts-encylindrig motor – ursprungligen i fabriken 350 och 500 versioner och senare i 600cc-versionen – vilket var särskilt effektivt i RC-serien enduro-cyklar (600 och 750) som säkrade två klassövergångar i Paris-Dakar och en övergripande i Pharaohs samling. I 125-talet erbjöd Gilera avancerade maskiner som den ultimata kraftfulla SP-02 och den futuristiska CX125. I år 1992 och 1993 återvände Gilera till Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing i 250-klassen. 1993 överfördes produktionen till Pontedera, med varumärket Gilera fokuserade nu på att utveckla spetscyklar som Runner, en innovativ crossover mellan en gata och en motorcykel. Under säsongen 2000 tog Gilera också det revolutionära DNAet tillsammans med dessa modeller, en “naken” med en automatisk motor som maximerade växelverkan mellan cykel- och skotrarvärlden. I slutet av 2003 kom Nexus fram, den maxi-scooter som markerade återkomsten av Gilera till 500cc-klassen. 2007 lanserade Gilera GP 800. Det var den mest kraftfulla och snabbaste scooteren någonsin tillverkad: 839 cc tvillingcylindrig, 8-ventil, elektronisk injektion, vätskekyld motor med 75 hk. Gilera GP 800 var länken mellan två världar: prestanda och kul på en medelmotorisk motorcykel kombinerad med praktiken i en scooter. Det andra extraordinära förslaget från 2007 var Gilera Fuoco, som med ett helt nytt och sportigt utseende och drivs av en kraftfull 500 cc-motor, tog den exklusiva “trehjuliga” tekniken som utvecklats av Piaggio-gruppen.

RSV4 RR Article

februari 6, 2019 / 267 / Nyheter

See the whole article: https://www.aprilia.com/us_EN/news/2018/Aprilia-RSV4-RR-Exposed-Gets-Better-for-2019/

When a manufacturer pours its blood, sweat, and tears into racing on the world stage, the result is something that moves the masses. In our case, the result comes with ruthless power output, knife-edge handling, and serious electronic capabilities.

Its name? The Aprilia RSV4 RR.

The RR model arrives in 2019 as a proven race winner with updates to make it just that much better.

The Focus on 2019

Should the bystanders somehow miss the unmistakable soundtrack produced by the RSV4’s engine, they’re sure to catch its new, distinctive appearance.

The 2019 model year sees a redesigned graphics package, aimed at the dark side. Its new color way focuses on keeping the RSV4’s subtle, but with bright red accents and aluminum alloy wheels.

Go ahead; try to get your eyes off of it.

Powered by Legendary V4 Power

The heart of the RSV4 remains the same for the new model year, and for good reason. Its 999cc V4 engine is widely accepted as the most powerful, yet tractable powerplant in the modern superbike class.

How does 201 horsepower at a screamin’ 13,000 rpm sound? We like to call it a seriously throaty pitch—one so distinct that it will turn heads at the coffee shop and racing paddock alike.

We put our best engineers to work on the RSV4, which means the V4 was given special treatment, like extremely lightweight pistons, a unique honing treatment for the connecting rods, and gearbox that offers crisp shifting every time. There were no details missed on the V4, not one.

Oh, and to keep the power in control, we’ve given it the most advanced electronic package on the market—the Aprilia Ride Performance Control.
Multi-level Aprilia Traction Control (ATC) and Aprilia Wheelie Control (AWC) systems keep things racing forward, while the Aprilia Quickshift (AQS) and Aprilia Launch Control (ALC) save every tenth possible.

Superbike Handling for the Everyday Rider

Spend one hour aboard an RSV4 RR carving corners on canyon twisties or destroying apexes at the local track day. In that one hour, the V4 superbike’s chassis will bring you as close to a real-life superhero as possible, period.

The RSV4 gets all the best chassis components, and nothing less. Its main frame is the same that’s used in cutthroat WSBK competition, and complemented by a set of 43mm Sachs front forks and a Sachs monoshock out back.

Feel? This RSV4 RR has got all of it. The only thing that can possibly compare is our RSV4 RF, which arrives stock with Öhlins Suspension.

Adjustability for individual riders is key. That’s why we’ve given the RSV4 engine position, swingarm pivot, and headstock adjustability.

All straightaways come to an end. So, what better than a set of top-shelf Brembo M50 monobloc front brake calipers to bring the RSV4 to a halt? Yeah, we thought you’d like that.


februari 4, 2019 / 256 / Nyheter
Aprilia: all new team and bikes, the 2019 MotoGp challenge has begun

The RS-GP evolves even more and returns in a beautiful black and gritty livery reminiscent of Aprilia’s successes

Iannone comes alongside Espargaró, two ultra fast talents ready to provide entertainment and thrills

A top shelf test team is born, with Smith as “third forward” to continue growing

Aprilia Racing’s 2019 season begins under the sign of change. Both on a technical level and in terms of the Italian racing department’s staff which, after radical reorganisation over the winter, renews its resolve in the 2019 World Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing Championship.

The most visible aspect of the hard work done over the winter is the new RS-GP, the evolution of the young project (born in 2016 and therefore the youngest on the grid). It now has an aggressive, black livery which is explicitly reminiscent of Aprilia tradition. The technical and design cornerstones that make the Aprilia MotoGP bike unique have been reconfirmed, starting from the four-cylinder engine with its exclusive narrow V architecture, combined with the seamless gearbox that was developed in-house. Both of these components have been further evolved, whereas the chassis architecture, which has always been the brand’s crown-jewel, now has entirely new solutions.

The 2019 RS-GP was built on the ideas developed throughout last season and further advancements are expected throughout the upcoming season thanks to the contribution of new arrival Andrea Iannone, who comes alongside confirmed rider Aleix Espargaró and test rider Bradley Smith, who will also be on the track in a few wild card spots during the championship. This is a top shelf three-man offence and a huge step forward for the brand which has never before been on the premier class grid with three bikes.

The two teams will be led by a new pair of crew chiefs, Antonio Jimenez for Aleix and Fabrizio Cecchini for Andrea. At the helm on the technical side of the house is Romano Albesiano, with new CEO Massimo Rivola at his side. The revamped Test Team will be able to count on the contribution of a fast and expert rider like Bradley, under the technical coordination of Pietro Caprara.

Massimo Rivola – Aprilia Racing CEO
“It’s always risky to talk about expectations before a new season, but it is only natural when it’s an award-winning racing department like Aprilia Racing. Our trophy case in and of itself demands constant growth, a collective effort to arrive at a competitive level in MotoGP as well. On my arrival, I found a group with no lack of skill and passion, as well as extraordinary loyalty to the team colours which will be a fundamental part of our project. We can count on two extraordinarily talented riders who, although very different from one another, share the same extraordinary passion for this sport. It is no exaggeration to think of us as a ‘David’ against the giants of world motorcycle racing and I have no problem with this comparison since, in the end, David triumphed.”

Romano Albesiano – Aprilia Racing Technical Director:
“The final part of last season and the winter tests were fundamental from a technical point of view. The arrival of Andrea and Bradley added new information to Aleix’s fundamental contribution, helping us to define the RS-GP’s line of evolution. This is a project that has come to fruition this season, with an overall improvement in every aspect. A lot of work was done on making it lighter. We made changes to the chassis architecture and electronics management, leaving room for further advancements that will be done constantly throughout the season. The reorganization of the racing department and the reinforcement of the test team were two key factors in preparation over the winter, allowing us to streamline processes and have more precise data analysis. These are essential aspects in MotoGP these days.”

Aleix Espargaró
“The first tests of this new season were positive. I was fast, I feel at ease astride the 2019 RS-GP. From a human point of view, I have at my disposal one of the best teams of my career. We have a lot of work to do, but I cannot help being optimistic. With the arrival of Andrea, Bradley and Massimo, we are definitely stronger, I can’t wait to start the first race in Qatar.”

Andrea Iannone
“We are faced with a big challenge. The match of Aprilia with an Italian rider always creates certain expectations, so it’s up to use to channel that into positive pressure. I approached preparation for 2019 calmly. In this sport, teamwork is fundamental and get caught up being in a rush. We improved at every outing and, to be honest, I was surprised at how quickly the guys at Aprilia changed the project based on my requests between Jerez and Sepang. We need to keep going like this, improving step by step. The right feeling is there.”

Bradley Smith
“I must say that the tests were rather interesting. In my new role as tester, I tried to be as analytical as possible and I was at the complete disposal of the team. The shakedown in Malaysia went rather well. I am pleased that Aleix was able to benefit from our work, finding a good feeling with the new RS-GP straight away. My goal is to continue working well with the Aprilia Test Team and to get close to Aleix and Andrea’s pace in the races where I’ll be riding. We have outstanding technical and human potential.”

Fausto Gresini – Team Manager
“2019 is undoubtedly an important year for us. The new MotoGP season inevitably brings with it some expectations for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini. The new arrivals, from Massimo Rivola to Andrea Iannone, brought enthusiasm, but also overall reinforcement and reorganisation that, from what we’ve seen so far, seems to have returned encouraging results. I’m not forgetting about the Test Team which, with Bradley Smith, is doing an indispensable job for such a young project like Aprilia’s. We still have a long road ahead, but we have the skills and shared goals we need to succeed.”

With 104 World Championships in its collection (54 Aprilia, 15 Moto Guzzi, 21 Derbi, 14 Gilera) the Piaggio Group is the most victorious motorcycle group of all times, and Aprilia, born into racing, is the true sports banner for the Piaggio Group.

With 294 Grand Prix races won in World Championship GP Motorcycle Racing, Aprilia holds the record for the most wins of any European manufacturer in the history of top motorcycle competition. These race wins are joined by 54 world titles: 38 in the World Motorcycle Championship (20 in the 125 class and 18 in the 250 class), 7 in Superbike (double Rider/Manufacturer title in 2010, 2012 and 2014, Manufacturer in 2013) and 9 in the Off Road disciplines. The Aprilia trophy case also includes the 2015 victory in the Superstock 1000 FIM Cup with the RSV4 RF ridden on the track by Lorenzo Savadori. 

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