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Aprilia’s 2013 RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK World Superbike Champion Special Edition

January 25th -In honor of the 2012 World Superbike Champion Aprilia RSV4, Aprilia USA has developed a limited edition 2013 RSV4 Factory exclusively for the North American market. Nowhere else in the world will the 2013 RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK Special Edition be available for sale. The bike will be available at U.S. and Canadian dealers in April.

Pricing will be announced on February 1st.

2013 RSV4 Factory APRC ABS SBK Special Edition Features:


State-of-the-art Bosch 3 level ABS

New Brembo M430 front calipers and front brake master cylinder.

Refined Aprilia Traction Control and map 1 Aprilia Wheelie Control for racing use.

Revised engine positioning inside the chassis to ensure ideal weight distribution.

Increased performance exhaust system.

Optimized engine: Friction reduction, Improved crankcase ventilation.

New 200/55-17 rear tire, now also available on the 2013 RSV4 R APRC ABS


Redesigned fuel tank taken directly from the SBK RSV4 race machines Improved feeling during braking and in the corners

Increased fuel capacity (4.8 gal. / 18.5 l)

Improved ergonomics with Lower rider seat height (-0.19 inch / -5 mm)

New satin headlight finish

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Aprilia slashes retail prices $2,000 – $4,000 on 2012 V4 models

Jan 31st N.Y. – Aprilia USA has launched a V4ALL campaign promoting much lower pricing for all 2012 V4 models.“Aprilia is the World Superbike champion,” said Miguel Martinez, president and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas. “It is our V4ALL goal to provide more sportbike riders the opportunity to own and experience a world-championship-derived motorcycle.”

Consumers can now own a 2012 Tuono V4 R for $12,999 (down from $14,999), a 2012 RSV4 R APRC for $13,999 (down from $16,999), and a 2012 RSV4 Factory APRC for $18,999 (down from $22,999). Lower prices also are available on earlier RSV4 R and Factory models. Aprilia is advising riders to check with their nearest Aprilia USA dealer.

Each member of the V4 family comes standard with the Aprilia Performance Ride Control system, the brand’s World Superbike traction control system. The system also provides wheelie control, launch control and quick shift.

Jonthan Rea on the new Pata Snacks sponsored factory Honda with the team still run by Ten Kate, together with new team mate Leon Haslam, look to be two of the top contenders for the 2013 season.

World Superbike Teams heading for first 2013 Testing in Spain

Jan 23-24th – The 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship got underway this past week at Jerez, Spain for many of the factory race tams. It was the first opportunity for the new teams and riders to try out the new bikes they will be racing for the coming season. Many of the bikes appeared in Black carbon fiber bodywork, which looked really cool, as many are still finalizing their sponsors and team colors. Tom Sykes

Kawasaki’s Sykes the Fastest Rider At Jerez Test

Tom Sykes and Loris Baz experienced one wet day and one dry day in testing at Jerez, but also found improvements on their official Ninja ZX-10R machines in each of the contrasting track conditions. Sykes was up to his expected fast pace very early in the test and set a 1’40.5 second lap on a qualifying tyre today, then did a 1’41.6 second lap on a race tyre. There were many riders from different classes at this test, including most of Tom’s main rivals, and Sykes continued his strong pace from previous tests to head the field again.

Young French rider Baz made great improvements once more and although the team opted not to use timing transponders like their main rivals at this test, Baz set a best laps time that would place him in the top six of all the many riders on show. This was a pleasing result as he lost a lot of time in the pit box after he had a crash at turn two midway through the second day and his bike had to be rebuilt.

The first day at the tests was held in changeable and never fully dry conditions. Some heavy spells of rain made sure that the track would stay wet all day, not helped by the lack of sunshine. The track conditions rapidly improved on the second day, held in cold but sunny conditions throughout.

This was the final European test before the Superbike and Supersport riders head to Australia for more tests at Phillip Island, and then round one of the championship at that same circuit on 24 February.

Tom Sykes: “We have to be very happy after this test. Yesterday we had some wet track time and for some people it was maybe not very good but for us it was very valuable. We learned some things yesterday and also today in dry track conditions. Eventually we had decent track conditions and we got up to speed.

We were able to test very constructively. Both days have been very valuable and I would like to thank the team and Kawasaki because our test schedule has been very good and all the time we have been moving forward. For this I am happy.

This circuit is quite special and for sure it is not our strong point but looking at what is on paper we are not in a bad situation. On a race tyre we did a long run and was able to set a 1’41.7 time after 14 laps with this tyre option. Overall I am happy to have achieved what we have achieved and am looking forward to the next test at Phillip Island.”

How cool is it to be Loris Baz and have a custom 1-time worn set of Winter Testting 2013 Alpine Star leathers worth about $5,000?

Loris Baz: “It was a good test even if we missed two or three hours today after a fall. It was a shame because we had some more things to try but we still made a big step forward and I am happy with what we found. I had a good feeling with the race tyre and also the qualifying tyre.

I could not do a good time with a soft race tyres at the end because I did three laps on it and each time I found some other rider in front of me. I am sure I could have made a good time and I am not so far from Tom. Also, using a qualifying tyre it was the first time I was able to make a big improvement so I am happy with that because with only three riders on each starting row in 2013, Superpole qualifying is going to be very important. The

front end feeling we have now gives me a better way to use the good grip from the rear tyre. I am happy to go to Phillip Island now.”

Crew Chief Sykes, Marcel Duinker: “We made some changes in the suspension of the bike yesterday in the wet and it was not so bad, because last year in similar conditions we struggled in full wet conditions. That is why we were out on track all day on day one, and we managed to find something that was quite simple but it improved our performance. We made some big changes on the bike during this test, some quite fundamental things just to find the direction.

This is something you do not do on a race weekend because it is too risky but it worked out here and we found a good direction. We also found some befits from the changes in dry conditions, in both pace and tyre life. We found another step here, like in Jerez

Marco Melandri

BMW’s Championship Contenders Back on Track

The BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team continued its preparation for the 2013 FIM Superbike World Championship with two days of testing with the new 2013 race version of the BMW S 1000 RR in Jerez (ESP). On Tuesday, rain affected the testing programme on the Andalusian track but today it was sunny and the team was able to work in good weather conditions. In total, works rider Marco Melandri (ITA) completed 153 laps (677 km).

His team-mate Chaz Davies (GBR) did 124 laps (549 km) on his RR.

Marco Melandri: “I am happy with this test. Today was a very good day and we could work a lot. As over the winter break I was struggling with a shoulder injury, it was not too bad that we had wet conditions yesterday because I could do some laps and train the shoulder without too much pressure.

Today was very positive and I think we are well prepared for Phillip Island. We tested a lot of things, for example regarding electronics and got a clear understanding which direction we have to take. Of course, there is still work to do but especially with the chassis and the electronics we made a good step. Overall, I will head to Australia in a very confident and happy mood.”

Chaz Davies

Chaz Davies: “I am very happy. Since the last test back in November we made really good progress. I am starting to get a really good feeling for the bike. I did not go to the limit today so it is good to see that the lap times were not too bad.

I am very happy about that. The guys did a great job over winter and have made many improvements to the bike. Also within in the crew we get not know each other better and better.

So everything is going in the right direction. For sure, I still need more time and laps on the bike but we will do more testing in Australia and continue the progression.”

Andrea Dosoli (Technical Director BMW Motorrad GoldBet SBK Team): “Overall, it was a good test. It was nice to be back on track after the winter break. For sure, it was a very busy winter and everyone was working really hard to prepare the 2013 race version of the RR. It was good to see that at its first outing, the new machine was working well and that we improved in many areas, especially in terms of chassis and engine.

This is the result of the great job everybody in the newly structured team did over the last weeks and we are very happy about that. We believe that the bike has a lot of potential and that we are well prepared for Phillip Island.

We have been working mainly on the chassis, comparing the 2013 bike to the 2012 version and evaluating some new parts and the feedback from both riders was positive. Both riders are happy with the new bike and have a good feeling with it. Marco was consistently faster than at the November test, even if the track was slower now.

We are also happy that his physical condition is fine now after his shoulder injury. At this test, we could confirm that his shoulder is working well and that everything will be okay for the first race. Chaz improved his feeling with the bike a lot and is feeling comfortable on the RR.

In terms of lap times, he reduced the gap to the competitors significantly. In addition, he and his crew gel together more and more.”

Leon Camier

FIXI Cresent Suzuki Finishes Tests on a High Note

FIXI Crescent Suzuki has made a very positive start to the new 2013 eni FIM Superbike World Championship season following two successful Spanish tests. The final day of the test at Jerez today gave both Leon Camier and Jules Cluzel a full day of fine weather to assess their respective Suzuki GSX-Rs and complete their pre-season testing schedule.

Camier looked extremely impressive as he recorded the fourth-fastest time of the day, with his quickest lap coming on the final one of his 77 circulations. Camier’s best time of 1’41.184 was less than half-of-a-second off the top-time set by Marco Melandri on a BMW. The Englishman was able to evaluate the new-spec engine, as well a try out the 17” wheels that WSBK will be using this season and test new electronic software and mapping during the final day.

Cluzel continued to make an impact on his Yoshimura-powered Suzuki GSX-R and finished the day in an impressive ninth place. He completed 52 laps of the Jerez circuit and clocked a best time of 1’42.635. He was hindered slightly by a small crash and some technical issues that cost him valuable track time, but was pleased with his efforts and is looking forward to the next test.

FIXI Crescent Suzuki will now examine all the data garnered from the two Spanish tests and use it to make improvements for the next outing at Phillip Island, when the team will have four days of testing in readiness for the first race of the 2013 season, which is scheduled for Sunday February 24th at the Australian circuit.

Leon Camier: To be honest I am quite happy with the way everything has gone at the test. We had both a wet and dry day, so we were able to try lots of different things. The one thing I would say though is that I was riding a bit useless at times and that did have an effect on the overall lap-times.

I know that its achievable to be up there with front guys and due to the fact that we have only had half-of-a-day dry time here at Jerez and some of the riders in-front of me were here for three days late last year, then I am very positive about the performance. It will be good to get to Australia and push the bike a bit harder, as it’s a much quicker track and we’ll be able to see what it can do there.

Jules Cluzel

Jules Cluzel: It has been a really good test in both the wet and dry conditions. At the end of today I was able to push on a bit and understand more how the FIXI Crescent Suzuki behaves. I really enjoyed myself and I know that I can go faster.

I did a 10-lap run today, which is my longest so far on a Superbike. I have learned a lot of things, but know there is more to come and I look forward to Phillip Island and doing some more long runs.

Paul Denning – Team Manager: It has been a bit frustrating overall with the weather, as the track didn’t really dry out properly until this afternoon. All things considered though we have had a good test and are only just behind our competitors despite them having more track time from the test last year – so to be so close in such a short time has got to be a good signal for the season ahead. Leon rode really well and as far as I can see he didn’t make any mistakes at all.

He did seem to ride inside himself, but he was very smooth and seemed to keep perfect lines all through the test. The FIXI Crescent Suzuki GSX-R is certainly going in the right direction, but it is difficult to really analyse its performance here as the riders have to control wheelies and keep the bike calm, rather than being able to use full gas, which is something we will be able to do at the next test.

Jules looked really good in the rain yesterday, but he was frustrated by a small crash today that cost him time as the bike was repaired and then he had a little technical issue that kept him in the garage. His attitude has been first class though, he is positive and upbeat and his lap-times are pretty good considering he’s had little experience on a Superbike. Once he’s got a few more laps under his belt, I’m sure he’ll find it a bit easier and he’ll become more competitive and be up there with the fast guys.

A great start for team Althea and Davide Giugliano with the Aprilia RSV4 Jerez

Team Althea Racing Aprilia has carried out a two-day test session at the Jerez circuit in preparation for the imminent opening round of the World Superbike championship. Genesio Bevilacqua’s technicians and rider Davide Giugliano got their first opportunity to work with the

RSV4 Aprilia and things could not have gotten off to a better start, with Davide recording the fastest time on day one while today, having been at the top of the timesheets from the start, he closed in second place. These results pleased the entire team and are validated by the fact that almost all of the top Superbike teams were present at the tests, and that Althea had not taken to the tracks since the last race of the 2012 season, in October at Magny-Cours. Unfortunately the weather did not help matters, as the track was wet all day yesterday with the sun only

drying the track later this morning, giving Davide the chance to build confidence with his new bike in dry conditions. A satisfied team Althea now prepares for the trip to Australia where practice sessions on February 14th and 15th and official testing on 18th and 19th will precede

the opening round of the 2013 Superbike championship.

Davide Giugliano, Rider: “I’m pleased with how testing has gone here in Jerez. I hadn’t been on a bike in months and couldn’t wait to get on track with my RSV4. I immediately found good feeling, both yesterday in the wet and today in the dry.

I’m happy that I was able to record some fast lap times but more importantly I have quickly understood the character of this bike. We still have a lot of work to do of course and it will take time to ride the RSV4 to its full potential but I don’t think we could have made a better start, and for that I thank the entire team for all of their hard work.”

Genesio Bevilacqua, Team Owner: “We are very pleased as we leave Jerez, the results here have exceeded our expectations. I particularly appreciated the enthusiasm that Davide and the team have shown here. We were all anxious about returning to the track after a long break and being faced with a bike that impressed us so much last year in terms of its performance.

Davide immediately found the right feeling with the RSV4, so much so that he registered the fastest time yesterday and the second fastest today. The entire team worked well and we’re also happy with the work we are doing with Aprilia’s engineers. I think that we have refound that spirit and desire to stand out that allowed us to achieve great results in the past.”

Today best lap times. Melandri 1’40”758 Giugliano 1’40”861 Laverty 1’41”044 Camier 1’41”184 Rea 1’41”641 Guintoli 1’41”683 Davies 1’41”726 Haslam 1’42”411 Cluzel 1’42”635

Haslam and Rea in the Pata Honda garage.

Rea and Haslam’s First Test on the new Pata sponsored factory Hondas

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Jonathan Rea and Leon Haslam have completed a two-day test at Jerez in Spain, their first track outing in the new Pata Honda World Superbike livery and the final European winter test for the Ten Kate run team. The team used its second test at Jerez new to the World Superbike championship calendar for the 2013 season to concentrate on the new electronics package that is being developed from Honda’s MotoGP project. Rea and Haslam also tested a heavily-revised swingarm for their Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade machines, together with an all-new exhaust system from Termignoni.

The Pata Honda World Superbike team will now make the long return journey to its base in The Netherlands to make final preparations to the race bikes before they are crated up next week for transportation to Australia. The team will take part in two further tests at the Phillip Island circuit there, ahead of the first round of the 2013 World Superbike season on 24 February.

Jonathan Rea, Rider: We’re not really where we want to be right now because we couldn’t get as much out of these two days as we would have liked. Some things just can’t be fixed on site and the electronics problem we had was one of those. The system was taking too much power away so we really needed more track time to sort that out.

However, I felt some good things, like it’s catching slides a lot more safely now, so that’s encouraging. It’s been a frustrating test and shown us that we need more track time before the first round, but that’s coming in Australia, so we’ll hope for better luck there.

Leon Haslam, Rider: It’s been a long, tough couple of days and frustrating in a lot of ways. We had some electronics issues and what we thought were engine braking problems. They turned out to be a problem with the brakes themselves.

In the end, we changed the pads and threw in a random electronics package and I got maybe four or five laps towards the end of the day. It’s been one problem after another but those last laps showed that the bike is going to be good. It was a much needed test but ended up as a frustrating one, so I can’t wait to get back on it in Australia.

Pieter Breddels – technical co-ordinator: We had some big problems on the first day with some glitches in the new electronics, so we had to wait to get a new software patch written and downloaded. The track conditions were not great either, so in reality we could only work in the last two hours or so of the test. In that little time, I think the guys did a great job and Jonathan was able to do a lap of 1m41.6s.

Leon had some brake issues today, which set him back a little, and he was using Jonathan’s electronics settings which didn’t really work for him. The bike is working well though and the new components are performing as we want. We have some more parts to test, so we could do with more than the four testing days we have remaining before the start of the season, but we’re in quite good shape for now.

Guintoli tackles the wet track with determination showing in his eyes. He should be a strong Championship contender this year.

Laverty and new teammate Guintoli aboard the factory Aprilias

Aprilia Racing Team concluded the tests today at the Spanish circuit of Jerez de la Frontera, the last ones before leaving for Australia where, on 24 February at Phillip Island, the 2013 World Superbike Championship will get underway.Eugene Laverty and newcomer Sylvain Guintoli had to deal with poor weather which had a significant impact on the test sessions yesterday. The sun that came out today on the other hand allowed the two riders to complete the scheduled work, getting in a fair amount of laps at some interesting times.

Both riders fell victim to sliding crashes with no serious consequences, but it wasn’t enough to compromise progress or the physical condition of Sylvain and Eugene. At the end of the day the Aprilia Racing standard bearers were in the top six times, a result that demonstrates the competitiveness of the Italian team in view of the 2013 season. In a few days the Aprilia Racing Team will leave for Phillip Island, Australia, where two test sessions are scheduled before the race which will mark the beginning of the 2013 WSBK Championship.

Laverty won’t be playing 2nd fiddle to Max Biaggi this season with the new World Champ’s surprise retirement in November.

Northern Irishman Eugene Laverty, who put the third best time on the boards, looks forward confidently toward the impending season: Despite the less than perfect conditions of the track, we were able to do some good work. Our progress compared to the tests in November on this same track confirm my feelings. The crash was due to a loss of grip when I tried pushing beyond the track grip limit, but it didn’t compromise our testing sessions.

Now I’m ready to fly to Australia where we’ll finally be able to put these values to work for us on the track.

These were two very interesting days – commented Frenchman Sylvain Guintoli, after only his second time out astride the official RSV4 – yesterday we had the opportunity to lap on the wet track, gathering important information and getting an idea of my feeling with the RSV4 even in these conditions. Today, with the track drying out, lap by lap I was able to find the good pace I had in the last tests. Maybe that led me to push a little too hard and I crashed.

Fortunately I came away with just a few scratches! Before leaving for Australia we’ll decide on the definitive technical choices, but I think our prospects are good.

Carlos Checa

Team Ducati Alstare at Jerez

Team SBK Ducati Alstare and its riders Carlos Checa and Ayrton Badovini have completed the first test session of the 2013 season, having collated some useful data despite the three day session having been reduced to little more than three hours of track time due to bad weather at the Jerez circuit in Spain. Under the supervision of team manager Francis Batta ’ and Ducati SBK project manager Ernesto Marinelli, the newly formed team were unable to complete much work on Saturday and Sunday due to the persistent rain and strong winds but made the most of Monday, in improved conditions, completing as much as possible in the half day available to them and collecting important information.

It was of course not possible to respect the original planned programme of work but the limited track time did allow the riders to build their confidence with the bike and provide some good feedback which will prove to be an extremely important starting point when it comes to the next tests in Australia. The 1199 Panigale R bikes will now go back to Alstare’s racing department where work will continue in coming weeks.

Many of the SBK teams are scheduled to return to the tracks on 14-15 February at Phillip Island, for more private testing.before the final official tests take place at the same circuit.

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Paddock Garage features Fast Dates Ducati 1199 Panigale Performance Upgrades – from S to RS

Our 1199RS project bike has had the finishing touches put to it and we’re really excited. Actually it’s my personal 2012 year 1199S model which I’ve upgraded with Ducati Performance and Ducati Corse RS race parts. With the addition of the DP Termignoni Full Race Exhaust System we’ve got esentially the new 2013 model 1199R sans the Titanium Rods which let the R-model rev 500 rpm higher.

The additional RPM will only be an advantage on a factory race bike where hotter cam changes and higher compression pistons can take advantage of the higher RPM to find more peak power. But then, it’s almost a moot point a present in World Superbike as the Ducati 1199 Superquadro engines still must run a 52mm intake restrictor on their 58mm throttle bodies to keep the horsepower down to 195hp as on the stock 1199 street bike. More in Paddock Garage

LA Calendar Show Winner AFT featured in new iKustom TV Series

Watch the build of AFT Metric Custom’s LA Calendar Bike Show winner and Calendar Bike Kimosabe and join the AFT Spokesmodels

as they take it to Bonneville to race on the Salt Flats. This video is One of Twelve iKustoms show Bike Builder TV Series

January, 2013, Los Angeles RogueFlix, the new young-male driven Action Lifestyle Network will release the iKuztom TV series on January 7, 2013 featuring the world of custom motorcycles written, directed, and produced by award winning producer, Erik Lundmark and his partner Timothy G. Ledford, an innovator in the custom motorcycle industry.

“CINE Golden Eagle Award Winner, iKuztom takes you up close and personal through smoke, fire, and steel as elite custom motorcycle artisans ply their trade behind the scenes to design and create one-of-a-kind bikes for the ultimate discerning bike enthusiasts,” stated Erik Lundmark, CEO of Leomark Studios which created the series together with Grip Ace Industries. “The 13 half-hour episodes also feature a bevy of bikini models and comedy sketches, in a fun, fast paced thrill ride.”

“We are very excited about teaming up with Erik and his team at Leomark Studios to bring our RogueFlix audience a truly amazing motorcycle TV series,” stated Bryan Duran, co-founder, CEO and General Counsel of RogueFlix. “I was very impressed with the quality of the award winning iKuztom TV series and I knew right away that I wanted it on RogueFlix. Erik and I met poolside at the Loews Hotel during the American Film Market and quickly realized we wanted to work together and are collaborating on more productions.”

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The Ducati Corse MotoGP13 team from left: Nicky Hayden rider, Gabriele Del Torchio – Ducati CEO, Bernhard Gobmeier – General Manager Ducati Corse, Andrea Dovizioso rider, Paolo Ciabatti – MotoGP Team Director, Vittoriano Guareschi – Team Manager.

Ducati Introduces its 4 riders / 2 MotoGP Teams at Wroom 2013

Borgo Panigale, Italy, January 11-14th 2013 The Ducati MotoGP Team again used the start of Wrooom 2013, the traditional Press Ski Meeting now in its 23rd edition this year, taking place at Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in the Trentino region of northern Italy, the ‘heart’ of the Dolomites, and will host the MotoGP riders, bikes and Ducati management, along with those of the Scuderia Ferrari F1 team.

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