Aprilia’s famed RSV4 lineup of Italian-built Superbikes are now approved for Canadian National road racing competition in both the Pro Superbike feature category and the Amateur Superbike division of the CSBK tour.
Marco d’Acunzo, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas, confirmed the homologation of the potent V4 powered street machines, available at dealers across Canada along with the full range of Aprilia sports machinery.
“Aprilia’s first home is the racetrack. It is where the spirit of the brand lives, and with Aprilia, where countless champions first proved themselves on an international stage. This is another step for Aprilia, to bring our championship winning machines to the Canadian racing series, and competition venues across the country,” confirms d’Acunzo, “We look forward to meeting both racers, and fans of Aprilia at CSBK rounds, and further developing our partnership with the series.”
Current Aprilia models confirmed for CSBK action are the RSV4 and the RSV4 factory, the later coming as standard with forged aluminum wheels, Ohlins Smart EC 2.0 semi-active suspension and Brembo Stylema brake calipers. These advanced Aprilia machines also feature MotoGP style aerodynamics, including integrated winglets in the fairing.
Aprilia’s Aleix Espargaro currently holds second overall in the MotoGP World Championship points standings, the Spanish rider earning one win and four podiums thus far aboard the factory entry.
In World Superbike, the RSV4 Aprilia has earned the World Championship three times, the first two courtesy of Max Biaggi (2010, 2012) and most recently with popular French racer Sylvain Guintoli in 2014.
In Canadian National Superbike action, popular veteran Frank Trombino of Uxbridge, ON, scored Aprilia’s first and thus far only win at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the famous “old Mosport” near Toronto, ON, aboard an RSV4 in 2014.
Two years later, Italian world moto star Claudio Corti brought his MotoAmerica National series team to CTMP for the final round of the Canadian National series, where his Aprilia battled for the win in both events, eventually earning a pair of second-place finishes after two of the best races in the history of the now 43-year-old Canadian Superbike tour.
This year’s CSBK National series opens with the first round at Grand Bend Motorplex, on Lake Huron, Ontario, June 9-12. In total, there will be nine Pro Superbike Feature events in 2022, all telecast on TSN, The Sports Network.
For more information on the CSBK Canadian Superbike Championship, visit www.csbk.ca.
Main photo: Italian Claudio Corti competed for wins on his Aprilia during the final CSBK round of 2016 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. Photo credit: Rob O’Brien.
Source : CSBK