WSBK – The 2009 World Superbike is attacking in Australia! – The return of Aprilia

The 2009 World Superbike attack in Australia !

WSBK - The 2009 World Superbike is attacking in Australia! - The return of Aprilia

This weekend at Phillip Island kicks off the new Mondial Superbike season! A 2009 edition that promises with the arrival of two manufacturers (Aprilia and BMW) and top pilots (Spies, Sykes, Byrne and Nakano among others). Presentation…

Aprilia’s return

For its comeback in the World Superbike, Aprilia is paying for the services of two great MotoGP stars: Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano! And if the Japanese do not yet know the "circuit" of the World Superbike, the Italian has been traveling it for two years….

Something to offer fans of the Noale brand – in a real state of want since the withdrawal of the "Lion" from the SBK World Cup at the end of the 2002 season – their lots of thrills and emotions !

As a reminder, Troy Corser had shown himself riding the RSV "Thousand"by finishing 3rd then 4th in the world championship in 2000 and 2001 … The Australian had written the most beautiful pages of the Italian in the Rotax twin by winning 17 times over these two years, while Regis Laconi had offered him his 18th and last victory in the very last race of the 2001 season.

This year, Aprilia arrives with a brand new motorcycle: the RSV 4, driven as its name suggests by a V-shaped 4-cylinder (read). Dropped during the official tests in Portimao (read), the official pilots had apparently regained a bit of the Lion’s hair during the very last tests carried out last week at Phillip Island…

After three days "important and beneficial", to turn on the circuit which will host the World Superbike this weekend, Max Biaggi assures to have"carried out all the tests in all possible configurations, in order to spot the types of problems we will be facing".

Extremely fast and experienced – he is the oldest this year – the Roman Emperor is able to bring the new Aprilia to the top step of the podium, even if we observe that the n ° 3 has won "only "three races in two years of Mondial SBK, during his first season riding his GSX-R.

His "Diva" side could also prevent him from fighting for the first place in the general classification and his motivation will have to remain intact at all costs throughout the season. Two years ago at the helm of his Suzuki still, he had come very close to the feat: no Italian has yet been crowned in the SBK World Cup. !

Much more consistent – he missed the Top 15 in MotoGP only once last year! -, Shinya Nakano will bring many points in Aprilia’s purse and will be a precious ally for Biaggi as for the director of the SBK project at Aprilia, the engineer Dall’Igna.

A good sign about the development of the bike, Max noted last week: "Shinya and I made the same requests"… Hope it lasts !

At the end of the last tests, the famous n ° 56 was satisfied with the efforts made but admitted all the same that "to be competitive, there is no doubt important changes will be needed on the bike". First inventory from Sunday morning.

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