How Aprilia turned the V4 RS-GP into a winner, in the August issue – Roadracing World Magazine

In the August 2022 issue of Road racing world:

The moment for Aprilia’s MotoGP revolution came in 2019, when parent company Piaggio decided it had to go big or go home. In other words, start spending money on MotoGP or stop.

The result of this change in philosophy was a huge technical breakthrough, when the Noale factory created its 2020 RS-GP, the first iteration with a 90-degree V4 engine. Going from a narrow-angle Vee to a wider-angle Vee changed everything and made perfect sense, as Ducati and Honda dominated with their own 90-degree V4s.

Aleix Espargaró, who claimed the company’s first MotoGP victory at this year’s Argentine GP, recalls the moment he first rode the new bike, during 2020 pre-season testing at Sepang.

“I did three laps, I went into the garage and I was crying,” recalls the 32-year-old Spaniard…

“MotoGP Analysis”, by Mat Oxley.

Earlier this year Aprilia won its first MotoGP race, after decades of trying. It’s the epic story, from the 500cc V-Twin two-stroke of 1994-2000 to today’s 90-degree V-4 four-stroke beast – all in the latest issue of Road racing world!

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