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GP Week : Issue 57
>>Moto GPnews boom Aprilia to build 250 replacement APRILIA, the Italian factory which stands to lose most by the demise of the 250 class, is planning to stay in the replacement class and offer Moto2 chassis packages for the control Honda engine. According to a report in the Italian Motosprint magazine, far from turning its back on GP racing and devoting itself to World Superbikes, as had been feared, Aprilia intends to continue its successful racing business in GPs. Aprilia’s two-stroke design and chassis engineering had made the Piaggioowned concern the dominant marque, even before the withdrawal of Japanese factory support for the second-level GP class. But the factory’s pricing policy for the supply of top-level factorygrade machines (essential for a serious championship assault) has been blamed for contributing to the death of the class. The factory was thought to be behind the single application to field a twostroke 250 next year, against the new single-engine Moto2 machines. This was rejected at the first stage of entry. Aprilia was expected to remain in the 125 class, where costs are capped; and concentrate on its new Superbike efforts – crowned last weekend by a firstseason win with Max Biaggi at Brno. “It’s very good news,” said race director Paul Butler. “It shows that there is still a role for factory race departments with a single-engine rule.” This may be of future relevance, if MotoGP introduces a similar single-engine rule. 15