THE YOUNG APRILIA COMPANY recognized competition success as an important way to enhance its image. Originally the firm produced motocross machines, but in the mid-1980s it began a campaign for Grand Prix success in the 250 and, later, 125 classes.
The early racers used a Rotax tandem, twin-cylinder, disc-valve, two-stroke engine, but 1989’s new machine had a V-formation engine layout. As well as being campaigned by the factory’s riders, these bikes were also sold to private competitors. Max Biaggi won Aprilia’s first 250 World Championship in 1994. The bike shown dates from 1990.
|Power output:||84 bhp (12,500 rpm)|
|Weight:||200 lb (91 kg)|
|Top speed:||155 mph (250 km/h)|
|Country of origin:||Italy|