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Ivano Beggio, Aprilia President, evaluates progress of the RS3 project

Ivano Beggio, Aprilia President, evaluates progress of the RS3 project

Ivano Beggio, Aprilia President, evaluates progress of the RS3 project

Just a little over three months since the Aprilia RS3 4-stroke prototype was unveiled in Jerez, Ivano Beggio, President of the Italian factory, took advantage last weekend´s Gran Premio Marlboro de España to return to the Andalusian circuit and explain how Aprilia´s MotoGP project is developing.

Despite their modest start to the season, the Noale firm have had the honour of competing since the start of the 2002 campaign, the inaugural MotoGP championship. ´One of our objectives was to be ready to compete on the track from the very beginning of the championship, with a revolutionary bike, the RS3, and we have achieved that´, explained Beggio. ´But now the hard work really starts´, he continued. ´Now we must learn the most possible from every race with the aim of developing the bike and being as competitive as possible. We are aware it will be a gradual process, but we know what it will take to suceed´.

Three races into the new season Aprilia find themselves in last position, with Frenchman Régis Laconi their only representative. However, Beggio insists that this is a season of, above all, investigation. `For the moment the RS3 is a labatory bike, not a tried and tested machine. Our challenge is to develop it from race to race´.

Other factories have preferred to develop their prototypes in private, but that would not be in keeping with the Noale factory´s style. `We wanted to be present from the start, to outline our dedication to the competition´, concludes Beggio, who can take pride in being the first European manufacturer to take part in the MotoGP World Championship.

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MotoGP, 2002

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