“That adds to an already splendid year”
The Japanese GP has handed Aprilia its 20th world championship. Thanks to Alex De Angelis' 2nd place, Aprilia conquered its 6th title in the 250 constructors' category with 316 international points.
After mathematically conquering
the 125 title in Australia (thanks to Bautista's victory), Aprilia was able to adorn itself with the 4-liter laurel even before the end of the championship.
We are talking about a great result for Aprilia, confirming the validity of its products and Italian technology the world over. Aprilia was, in fact, the only production house in the world championship able to draw itself up in the 125 and 250 with over 31 motorcycles, three of them official in the 250.
The 2006 season was characterized by the competitiveness of Aprilia on all international racetracks, even those traditionally not favourable to Noale engines.
"We are talking about another result," commented Leo Francesco Mercanti, director of the Aprilia brand, "that adds to an already splendid year for Aprilia. It stems from the extreme satisfaction of being able to conquer the international constructors' category before the end of the championship in race as important as Japan. This 20th title came thanks to the performance of our riders and also from the continual technological evolution that our technicians that were able to successfully apply during the season."
"Aprilia once again confirmed herself as a production house able to win two international constructors' categories in a single season, thanks to the optimal work of Alvaro Bautista in the 125 and the riders engaged in the 250.
My thanks goes out to all the Aprilia riders who were once again able to elevate our brand," he added.
Overall in 2006 (up through the Australia GP), Aprilia has reeled in nineteen victories in the two categories, ten in the 125 and nine in the 250. Bautista, the world champion with three races left to go, has already climbed atop the highest grade of the podium seven times. Mattia Pasini has done the same twice and Hector Faubel once.
In the 250, Jorge Lorenzo currently has eight victories and Hector Faubel has one. In both categories, the winners are teammates. Master Aspar Team was the protagonist of the 125 while it was Fortuna Aprilia in the 250. Together with Jorge Lorenzo, Aprilia is still in the running for the Riders' Championship title. The Spanish rider is first in the classification with 265 points, 27 ahead of his closest competition.