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Aprilia confirms new seamless shift gearbox for Mugello

Aprilia confirms new seamless shift gearbox for Mugello

The new seamless gearbox makes its debut at Mugello on the Aprilia RS-GP bikes ridden by Bautista and Melandri.

For their home Grand Prix, the Italian team will use the seamless gearbox in the race for the first time on both of the Aprilia RS-GP bikes ridden by Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri.

The new transmission, seamless in downshifting as well, was successfully tested by Bautista in the sessions held on 4 May on the Jerez circuit. Positive results encouraged the Noale Racing Division to streamline introducing this solution which, in any case, will not be the only technical change that Bautista and Melandri will be able to take advantage of during the Mugello weekend.

Romano Albesiano - Aprilia Racing Manager:
“Mugello, with everything that comes with a home round, represents another step in this season of growth for Aprilia. It is a particularly important occasion because right here on the Tuscan track our seamless gear shift system will make its début, available for both our riders. The positive feedback Bautista provided after the tests at Jerez immediately following the Spanish Grand Prix convinced us to speed up development on this solution in order to have it ready to race as soon as possible. As important as the new transmission is, in any case it will not be the only new feature. We have prepared various changes in terms of aerodynamics and chassis as well with respect to the bike that started off the season. All of this is part of our path of improvement which we hope to successfully move forward at Mugello.”

Fausto Gresini – Team Manager:
“The Italian Grand Prix represents an important round, not only because we'll be racing in front of our home fans, but also because we'll be taking a lot of technical changes to the track in various areas of the bike. The Aprilia mechanics have put in a lot of effort preparing these advancements and this is a fine demonstration of the great desire that drives the entire team and the racing division. We are expecting a weekend of hard work, but we are confident that these efforts will soon be rewarded with some nice results.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, Alvaro Bautista, Marco Melandri, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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