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Jan Witteveen reflects on a milestone season for Aprilia

Jan Witteveen reflects on a milestone season for Aprilia

Jan Witteveen reflects on a milestone season for Aprilia

After taking their 150th Grand Prix win with Steve Jenkner in the 125cc race at Assen two weeks ago, Aprilia have gone on to bring their total to 153 thanks to a further victory for Anthony West at the Dutch TT, and a double Spanish triumph for Hector Barbera and Fonsi Nieto at Donington. Only four manufacturers have been more successful in the history of Grand Prix racing, but that could be cut down to three this weekend as the Italian factory look to surpass Suzuki´s total of 154 wins and join Honda, Yamaha and MV-Agusta in the upper echelons of World Championship motorcycle racing folklore. Aprilia´s achievement is made all the more remarkable considering that they did not take their first win until 1987, when Loris Reggiani won the 250cc race at the San Marino Grand Prix.

General Racing Director Jan Witteveen joined the Italian manufacturer as a top engine designer two years after that maiden triumph and since then his role within the corporation has flourished. Witteveen has led the company to sixteen World Championships in the last twelve years, and is this year overseeing complete domination in the 250cc class, where Manuel Poggiali, Toni Elias, Randy de Puniet, Anthony West and Fonsi Nieto have extended the factory´s unbeaten run to twelve races. In this exclusive video interview the Dutchman discusses the growth of Aprilia since that historic day at Misano sixteen years ago, and gives an insight into company´s targets for the future.

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250cc, 2003

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