Suspended Iannone joined by Espargaro and Smith at team presentation.
Aprilia Racing has launched its brand new RS-GP MotoGP contender ahead of its 2020 campaign, presenting a revamped livery with Team Gresini.
With Andrea Iannone currently provisionally suspended due to an anti-doping violation, he and teammate Aleix Espargaro were joined by factory test rider Bradley Smith at the launch.
A significant commitment from Piaggio Group will see Aprilia – winner of 54 world titles – take another step forward with its premier class project this season.
Aprilia Racing has produced a prototype that is optimised in every aspect, beginning with the refined aerodynamics, which combine with a new V90 engine. The package is completed by the exclusive seamless gearbox developed in-house and a double rail frame in aluminium – the same material used for the swingarm.
The electronics department also received great attention, supported by an in-house Aprilia Racing organisation that was strengthened throughout last season.
“This has been the longest winter of recent years for Aprilia Racing,” commented Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola. “The guys and girls in the racing department put forth a truly incredible effort. Arriving in Sepang with two prototypes was already a small victory for us.
“In the first test, the new RS-GP showed good signs, so we need to pick up from there to build our new season. We will most likely have a complicated early part of the season with an bike that is very much still wet behind the ears.
“But I am certain that from mid-season, we will be able to see the true value of the hard work done in Noale. Hopefully Andrea we’ll have Andrea with us soon and be able to complete, along with Aleix and Bradley, our trio of riders.”
Aprilia Racing technical director Romano Albesiano said: “For Aprilia Racing, the 2020 RS-GP represents and unique technical challenge. The new bike was created by taking the cardinal concepts of the racing department and reworking them in light of the experience accumulated in recent seasons.
“It is an innovative prototype in many aspects, beginning with the clearly visible ones, and this confirms the attitude of Aprilia Racing, which boasts technological innovation as its primary value. As with any redesign, it will take a period of refinement. I am absolutely satisfied with the result achieved.”
The structure of the team, with the exception of a few new additions, remains substantially unchanged. Working alongside Rivola will be Albesiano and team manager Fausto Gresini.