Max Biaggi undertook a day of testing on the ART-Aprilia MotoGP™ machine on Monday at the Mugello circuit.
The former rider enjoyed two successful spells with Aprilia during his racing days, winning two Superbike World Championship titles with the Italian marque (2012 & 2012) after three 250cc Grand Prix World titles with the brand earlier in his career (1994-1996).
Aprilia Racing Manager Romano Albesiano commented, “Max is an important part of Aprilia’s history and a rider with great skill, who wanted to try our ART machine as we work towards the creation of a MotoGP prototype. We are pleased to see Max again at the controls of the bike, it’s always great for the engineers and racing fans to see. But this is not a test in preparation for a return to the race track. Things are starting to take shape and I like to think of this test more as a gathering between two friends.”
Aprilia have stated that they are aiming to participate full-time in MotoGP in 2016. Using the experience and data gathered with their ART machine racing amongst the CRT and ‘Open’ bikes, the company’s racing division is planning to design a first prototype to take to the track next spring.