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Lorenzo and Barbera to ride Aprilias in 2006

Lorenzo and Barbera to ride Aprilias in 2006

Spanish riders Jorge Lorenzo and Hector Barbera will swap machinery next season, switching from Honda to Aprilia, with the Noale-based manufacturer announcing on Saturday that it will provide official Aprilia RSW 250 machines to the team managed by Dani Amatriain in 2006.

Giampiero Sacchi, Piaggio Group racing management director, said: "It's very positive for Aprilia. A great team has accepted to take on a new challenge with Aprilia and it's great to see two young promising riders joining our family again. Jorge got some great results with Derbi in the past, as did Hector with Aprilia."

"With riders like Jorge and Hector, we obviously have very high aims. Aprilia will do everything to make this new venture successful, even if there will be other Aprilia factory riders involved in our 2006 effort. Anyway, today is a great day for us, we are pleased to work with two great riders and a great team."

On the picture from left to right: Giampiero Sacchi, Dani Amatriain and Leo Francesco Mercanti, Aprilia brand director and Piaggio Group racing manager.

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250cc, 2005, Hector Barbera, Jorge Lorenzo

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