Aprilia Racing have confirmed that they will be, for the first time, taking part in the MotoAmerica championship with a newly homologated version of their RS 660. The season opener for the MotoAmerica championship is set to take place in Road Atlanta on April 30th, and 8 out of the 28 competitors have signed on to take the new Aprilia out for a spin. The twin-cylinder 659cc creates a new and exciting opportunity for riders to compete on an Aprilia, consistently praised for its chassis and engine capabilities over its history.
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“With over 28 riders entered for this weekend’s Twins Cup race, it’s exciting to see that the new Aprilia 660 will take to the track with 8 competitors for the new machines’ debut in MotoAmerica. We’ve followed the progress of the RS 660 since it was announced and our staff worked hand in hand with Aprilia to ensure that it could compete this season. Not many people have seen the bike on-track and the anticipation certainly brings another level of excitement to the weekend. We truly welcome Aprilia into our paddock and look forward to working with them for seasons to come.”Chuck Aksland – Moto America Partner
“We are pleased to see the excitement around this new model, and interest to be a part of Aprilia’s history on the track. The RS 660 is a new chapter for Aprilia and our racing history, which we are eager to follow and support as it competes in the US.”Mario Di Maria, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas
Aprilia Racing currently holds the record for European manufacturer with the most wins in Road Racing World Championships. Having taken 294 wins across all categories of maximum motorcycle competition. This includes 54 world titles – 38 in Road Racing World Championship categories, 7 in Superbikes and 9 in Off-Road disciplines. With such impressive statistics, it is no surprise the Italian company want to break into the USA market.
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The Robem Engineering is one of the teams that will be taking on the Aprilia RS 660 in its inaugural run in the MotoAmerica championship, and team owner, Matthew Spicer, has explained why he made the decision:
“When we saw Aprilia launch their new middleweight, I knew there could be some unique opportunities with the machine, which already makes good power. Knowing the history of the brand, we were happy to confirm expectations of a promising chassis and general geometry. It’s a gamble to switch to a bike that has not yet been raced competitively, but we’re optimistic the RS 660 will quickly evolve to be a top challenger in the championship.”Matthew Spicer – Robem Engineering
Robem Engineering has competed in the Twins Cup championship since 2018. The team has an impressive talent pool, including Kaleb DeKeyrel, Hayden Schultz and Toby Khamsouk. These riders finished in 2nd, 3rd and 5th respectively in last year’s Twins Cup campaign.
This article was written by the fantastic Rebekah Lee, our resident Motorsport nut and MA Creative writing graduate. She’s been fascinated by all things motorsports since childhood – follow her on Twitter at @bekahjlee
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