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Saying That the Sound of the Aprilia RS-GP Is Vile Is a Huge Understatement

It's a new era for Aprilia and their presence in MotoGP, as 2016 represents the debut of an all-new machine engineered from the ground up as a premier class motorcycle. In recent years, the house of Noale fielded a bike that was a derivative of their World Superbike machine, and the lack of results is directly linked to this fact.
Bautista tries the new Aprilia RS-GP 1 photo
The former MotoGP bike was indeed a street-going, production machine that was first transformed into a WSBK one and later received MotoGP upgrades, and considering this, we might say that Aprilia did a good job... for a street bike.

Still, one cannot bring knives to a gunfight and expect to win, so seeing Aprilia failing to keep up with the rest of the manufacturers was not a surprise.

The new RS-GP Aprilia developed from scratch builds on whatever parts were usable from the old bike, but is an authentic MotoGP machine, engineered specifically for the purpose of premier class road racing.

Aprilia skipped the latest IRTA test at Phillip Island, but took the bike to the Losail Circuit in Qatar, the very place where the last official MotoGP test took place.

The teams will assemble at the Qatar circuit on March 2-4, and this final test will show us how much Aprilia evolved with their all-new RS-GP. On the other hand, we know that Noale can't possibly work miracles in the short time left for testing ahead of the season opener race at Losail, on March 20.

Alvaro Bautista showed that he can be fast and precise with the right hardware, so we're waiting for the final IRTA session to see how he and his German teammate Stefan Bradl will do on the Qatari track.

Until then, here's a sample of how the Aprilia RS-GP sounds, albeit starting from the pit lane and not when the engine approaches the red line.


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