Aprilia have finally confirmed that they will be entering MotoGP from 2015. According to the Piaggio Group, the reason for entering MotoGP with Aprilia is to focus on rapid growth for the Aprilia brand, to increase the brand's competitiveness, and to develop new prototypes for racing and street use. "We decided to make our debut a year earlier than planned because Aprilia Racing's technical and competitive skills are absolutely top notch. Our growth in World Superbikes has been exemplary in this direction, from our rookie year in 2009 to the five world titles we've won so far with the RSV4," says Piaggio Group's Chairman and CEO, Roberto Colaninno.
Gresini Racing will manage Aprilia’s bikes in MotoGP from 2015 to 2018. This, according to Gresini, “will allow Aprilia Racing to take advantage of Gresini Racing's significant contribution in terms of MotoGP experience and know-how.”
‘I am very glad that Aprilia identified Gresini Racing as their partner to enter the MotoGP World Championship. This is a fantastic opportunity, working closely with such a glorious manufacturer, an Italian brand that has become synonymous for passion for racing, with amazing results worldwide. The Grand Prix world is part of the Aprilia brand and to represent it in the premier class, the MotoGP World Championship, is a source of great pride for all of us,” says Fausto Gresini, who owns and manages Gresini Racing.
In recent years, among others, the likes of Max Biaggi, Loris Capirossi, Valentino Rossi, Marco Melandri, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner have raced aboard Aprilia machinery.