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The Aprilia RS3 4 stroke will test for the first time at the end of January

The Aprilia RS3 4 stroke will test for the first time at the end of January

Finally it has been decided that the Aprilia RS3 four-stroke bike will make its first appearance on the track at the end of January. The Italian factory has scheduled a private test where both the official rider, Frenchman Regis Laconi, and Italian Marcellino Lucchi, who is the second and the test rider, will be able to ride the bike which will compete in this year´s MotoGP World Championship.

For months now the Noale based manufacturers have worked intensely so that the machine would be available for pre-season testing on the tarmac. The efficiency of the tri-cylinder engine has already been demonstrated on the dyno, but its quality on the track remains a mystery. In principal, the first tests of the new Aprilia should have been carried out in December at the hands of test rider Lucchi, but this debut never came about. The new Aprilia bike was unveiled to the public at the Bologna Motor Show at the beginning of December, and towards Christmas they announced that Laconi, who rode in World Superbike in 2001, would be their first official rider.

The bike Aprilia has constructed for the new elite championship, which gets underway in April, has an engine with an in-line three, 990cc and an output which reaches over 200hp. One of the advantages for this bike will undoubtedly be its weight; at 135kg, it is around 10 kg lighter than the four-strokes that will compete against it in MotoGP.

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