A welcomed late-surprise at the EICMA show in Milan, two Italian names in small-displacement racing have come together to get young riders on the race track.
I am of course talking about Aprilia and Ohvale, which have collaborated to build the Aprilia RS 250 SP race bike.
A purpose built racing machine, the Aprilia RS 250 SP is like a bigger Ohvale in its presentation, complete with 17″ wheels, and all the high-performance parts you would expect to see on a proper racing machine.
As such, the go-fast bits are brakes by Brembo, suspension by Öhlins, and a rowdy exhaust by SC-Project. The 17-inch Marchesini wheels will mount Pirelli rubber, making this a very Italian affair.
Though the engine is sourced from Aprilia, Ohvale will handle the production, with pricing set under €10,000.
To help groom younger riders, the Italian FMI Aprilia Sport Production Championship is being set up, which is a spec-series with the Aprilia RS 250 SP at its center.
The series will be a six-race affair and start next year, with the hopes of finding the next Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, or Valentino Rossi. It is a very interesting approach, and one that other locations should be keen to mimic.
“The new championship takes up a tradition that makes Aprilia unique, a brand that has taken generations of young people onto the track and that has raised up great champions,” said Massimo Rivola, CEO of Aprilia Racing.
“From 2020, thanks to the partnership with the Federation, we will once again be providing fun for young people who, in this championship, will find a way to make their dreams come true and perhaps, this is our wish, the start of a path in the world of competitive motorcycling.”
“This is why we have designed an easy bike and formula that will attract the highest number of young people to competitive motorcycling.”
Source: Aprilia via Our Silly Dutch Friends at Nieuwsmotor.nl
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