News 23 Sep 2016

SMR and Aprilia alliance announced for 2017 WorldSBK

Laverty and Savadori will ride factory-supported machinery.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Shaun Muir Racing has officially gained Aprilia’s factory team for the 2017 and 2018 Superbike World Championship seasons with Milwaukee backing.

Milwaukee Aprilia Racing Team will field Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori next season, following a difficult debut year with Josh Brookes and Karel Abraham aboard BMWs.

“For SMR, collaboration with Aprilia Racing for 2017 and 2018 means a real chance to fight for the win,” said Shaun Muir, SMR team principal.

“Aprilia has a strong and victorious history in World Superbikes and we are determined to continue on the same path. Having Eugene and Lorenzo on board makes this a dream team. I wish to thank Milwaukee, Gulf and all of the partners who are supporting our project.”

Aprilia Racing is confirming its high level presence in the premier competition category of WorldSBK for factory derivative bikes, alongside its important efforts in MotoGP.

“In Shaun Muir’s team we found a partner who shares our goals and who, after making a good name for themselves in the British championship, wants to get to the top of a world category,” said Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager.

“Our agreement includes, in addition to providing bikes and materials, support from Aprilia Racing personnel to manage and develop the RSV4, a jewel of technology that will once again be able to show its worth, within a factory support type relationship.”