If you watched this weekend’s World Superbike racing at Phillip Island, you may have noticed that Aprilia Racing is sporting some new paint on the bikes for Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri.

The Italian factory calls the metallic paint job “Silver Fireball” and while some may long for the classic red and black livery scheme, we have to say, we are smitten with the modern look.

While the Aprilia RSV4 Factory SBK is getting a bit long in the tooth, the potent WSBK race bike is still a formidable weapon, especially in the hands of these two talented riders.

We won’t spoil the races at Phillip Island for you (Race 1 here, & Race 2 here), but even with the new rules in place for WSBK this year, Aprilia Racing has coaxed a few more ponies out of the 999cc V4 engine, without compromising reliability.

2014 is shaping up to be a good season in World Superbike, and we can expect to see Aprilia updating its road bike platform in the next year or two.

Until then though, enjoy the high-resolution photos of the 2014 Aprilia RSV4 Factory WSBK race bike.








Source: Aprilia Racing

  • BBQdog

    From the side is look OK or so so, from the front it is ugly, makes the bike looking too wide.
    Aprilia did much better paint jobs in the past

  • Bruce

    It was time for a motif change. Studio shots don’t always do bikes justice. The Aprilias looked sharp in their natural environment, running at/near the front this past weekend at PI.

  • Prich

    That’s a rather ornate seat on Melandri’s bike. No foam pad for him.. he goes full Corbin.

  • Norm G.

    wow, with “Melandro” being noticeably smaller than Guinters…? and EVERYBODY being considerably smaller than Baz…? I’d like to see that same “arm wrestle” shot, but with Baz and Melandro as the subjects.

  • Norm G.

    re: “Aprilia Racing has coaxed a few more ponies out of the 999cc V4 engine, without compromising reliability.”

    I wish them the best of luck with that. after 5 years and more than a 100+ engines they’ve certainly got the data…? but they finally scattered a few last season.

  • Rob

    The one of them shaking hands is hilarious…so forced. Keep it simple. Should be nothing but shots of them sitting on the bikes, and shots of them riding at full chat.