2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory WSBK Race Bike Debuts

02/08/2013 @ 10:16 am, by Jensen Beeler7 COMMENTS


Fresh from Italy, we get our first glimpse of the 2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory WSBK race bike in its new livery. While the uniforms may look the same, the men wearing them have changed to some extent, and in many ways so has the Italian brand’s racing strategy.

Building its previous team around Max Biaggi, the previous incarnation of Aprilia Racing catered to every whim of The Roman Emperor — read into that as you will. But now with Biaggi’s retirement from motorcycle racing, Aprilia is forced to replace tried-and-true talent with two up-and-coming stars.

Out from behind Max’s shadow, Eugene Laverty is expected to impress this year, having shown himself a formidable rider on the RSV4 Factory last season with his sixth-place Championship finish. Seventh in the Championship himself, Sylvain Guintoli will join the Irishmen, after coming off a tumultuous season with Liberty Racing. With three race wins and six podiums, Guintoli made a definite impression, especially when he was on the slower Ducati.

With both of Aprilia Racing’s WSBK riders starting to come into their own, the Italian brand is showing a lot of growth potential in the premier production-motorcycle racing series. Time will tell on the results, but we expect a bevy of podiums from the Aprilia riders this year, and maybe a win or two. Mas photos after the jump.











EngineAprilia 4 longitudinal 65° V4 cylinder, 4-strokes, liquid cooling system, double overhead camshaft (DOHC), four valves per cylinder
Engine capacity999 cc
Maximum rpm15,500 rpm
Maximum power230 CV
Fuel systemVariable-height intake ducts controlled by engine control unit, electronic injection with 8 injectors and latest-generation Ride-by-Wire technology.
Compression ratio15:1
TransmissionSix speed cassette gearbox.
ClutchMultiplate wet clutch with slipper system.
Electronic managementAprilia Racing ECU managing ignition and injection, variable-height intake duct control, Ride by Wire system, traction control, anti-wheeling, turn-by-turn settings.
ChassisAdjustable, aluminium dual beam with pressed and cast sheet elements. Aluminium swingarm.
SuspensionFront: Öhlins TRSP 25 – Rear: Öhlins RSP 40
Weight165 kg

2013 Aprilia RSV4 Factory WSBK-spec:

Eugene Laverty:

Sylvain Guintoli:

Team Aprilia Racing:

Source: Aprilia Racing

  • Gutterslob

    Still the best looking bike on the WSBK grid, along with Sykes’ ZX-10R. I prefer the Kwak’s aggresive lines/profile, but the RSV wins simply because it’s black. Black is best!!

  • http://yahoo dc4go

    i may be bias here but the RSV4 is the Superbike king im my opinion… Beautiful bike i know the designer personal and every curve on the Rsv surves a purpose but at the same time it’s a BEAUTY!! great job and i hear alot of good things about it’s replacement (2014!!) going to be a PEACH too!! Going to look great next to my 2011 RSV track bike……

  • Silas

    Guinters looks like he’s wearing his favourite set of PJs. Not sure those leathers are fitted correctly.

  • BBQdog

    dc4go: I absolutly agree !

  • Hugo

    finally I can start supporting Aprilia again!

  • Clay

    What is with these guys putting fake headlight stickers on?

  • http://www.asphaltandrubber.com Jensen Beeler