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Reggiani recalls first Aprilia victory

Reggiani recalls first Aprilia victory

On the 21st anniversary of his first Aprilia win - at the circuit where it was achieved - Loris Reggiani spoke to about that historic day in 1987.

Saturday at the Gran Premio Cinzano di San Marino e della Riviera di Rimini was the 21st anniversary of the very first Grand Prix win for Aprilia, a victory which was achieved by Italian rider Loris Reggiani – incidentally at the 1987 San Marino GP at Misano.

Reggiani, now a journalist working for the Italian media, had already finished second at Salzburg and Rijeka earlier that year and his eight second triumph over Luca Cadalora at Misano was the first time that an Italian rider had won on an Italian bike in the 250cc class since Graziano Rossi on a Morbidelli in 1979.

Recalling his special win, Reggiani said, `I am very happy when I think about that day. I won eight Grands Prix in my career but that one was the best, because we were chasing the first win for Aprilia that year and it came at home, as I live 50km from here in Romagna. So for me to win here, with all my fans cheering me on was so great that I can still feel it.´

Aprilia have gone on to become the fourth most successful brand in the all-time GP winners list, behind Honda, Yamaha and MV Agusta, with 247 race victories in total in all classes.

Reggiani added, `Thinking about what Aprilia have done since then, winning so many Grands Prix and World Championships, it is amazing. I think we have to thank them for that.´


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