Aprilia Out of Moto2 – Aspar Rumored to Take Over

11/24/2009 @ 10:24 am, by Jensen Beeler4 COMMENTS


In an announcement today by the Piaggio Group, Aprilia has officially abandoned its Moto2 project, and will not be competing in the 250GP replacement series, nor will it be providing race equipment for other Moto2 teams. The main reason for Aprilia abandoning the project is due to the spec-motor rule that sees a modified 600cc Honda powerplant used by all the teams, but as this rule has been known for some time, there is some confusion on why Aprilia waited so long to make this decision.

In their translated statement, the company stated that, “It would be useless and harmful to the image of a large Italian and European motorcycle manufacturer, which has won 43 world titles in road racing and off road competition, to take part in a competition which relies on engine technology by a rival constructor.”

With their Moto2 chassis nearly complete, today’s announcement comes with some surprise, and comes with some speculation as to what could be going on behind the scenes at Aprilia. Whatever the true motivation may be, there is no question the move leaves teams like Mapfre Aspar and Speedup Aprilia in a lurch for a racing platform. However, there is some speculation that  Jorge “Aspar” Martinez would take over development of the Aprilia chassis, continuing the Moto2 project himself.

Meanwhile, Aprilia is thought to be adding its Moto2 resources to its World Superbike effort, where the company is likely to expand from one to two teams. There is even some talk of a MotoGP revival.

Source: Crash.net

  • this is too bad, but fairly understandable, why spend all that money, time, and effort developing a frame for a motor layout that your company never has plans to employ in the future.

    it’s sad to see, especially with all of Aprilia’s years in the 250 GP series.

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  • Bjorn

    While I understand the need to keep costs for the MOTO2 class to a minimum, especially in the current financial climate, it has been my opinion from the outset that using a single suppliers engine is a mistake.
    There is no incentive for factory teams to remain in the class when they are required to use the competitions power unit. A staggered capacity limit as is applied to World Superbike, with appropriate tweaking, could produce a reasonably leve playing field for all manuacturers.
    I’m aware the grids are full for next year, but in the long term do we really want to chase out potential competitors?

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