One of the worst kept secrets in the WSBK paddock is official – Aprilia will be providing factory backing for the Milwaukee SMR squad for the 2017 and 2018 seasons.
The team, which is having a torrid campaign with BMW machinery, has recently signed Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori to ride for them, both of which are well though of in the Aprilia camp.
The RSV4 RF is one of the best bikes in the paddock, although it is notoriously difficult to set-up, requiring factory technicians to unlock its full potential.
The news leaves current riders Karel Abraham and Josh Brookes out of a ride, with Brookes expected to return to BSB.
Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager, said: “Our agreement includes, in addition to providing bikes and materials, support from Aprilia Racing personnel to manage and develop the RSV4, within a Factory Support type relationship.”
“The birth of the Milwaukee Aprilia Racing Team also marks Eugene Laverty’s return to WSBK, a rider who we know well and whose professional and personal qualities have our utmost respect.”
“He will have Lorenzo Savadori working alongside him, a young rider who has been part of our sports project for two seasons in which he won the Superstock 1000 title first and then drew attention in WSBK with an extremely positive rookie year.”