NEW YORK, NY - May 11, 2010 - Aprilia USA, the North American importer and distributor of award-winning Aprilia sport bikes, proudly announces and congratulates Team Aprilia Alitalia's back-to-back victories at the 2010 World Superbike Championship in Monza, Italy, on May 8-9. Aprilia's marquee rider, Max Biaggi, took home a double win in Monza for the second time this season, the first being in the Portimao circuit. Thanks to the triumph this weekend, Biaggi secured his second-place position in the rider standings at 178, trailing Leon Haslam of Team Suzuki Alstare by three points. Currently, Team Aprilia Alitalia holds the first place standing in the world manufacturer rankings, three points ahead of Suzuki and 35 ahead of Ducati.
"This was a great, all-Italian weekend - from the track, to the rider, to the bike, to the tires, to the petrol and the three-colored plumage of the sponsor: it is Italy flying" said Roberto Colaninno, president and CEO of the Piaggio Group. "Max Biaggi's double victory at Monza is proof of Aprilia's technological superiority and of its key product, the RSV4, ridden by an extraordinary champion."
"Race 2 was a fantastic conclusion to an exceptional weekend," commented Max Biaggi. "I couldn't dream of a more perfect race if I had to. I must thank the Aprilia team for not only coming together seamlessly, but for maintaining a consistent cohesion throughout the race."
Aprilia enthusiasts can catch the Aprilia Alitalia Racing Team during the sole U.S. stop of the 2010 World Superbike series at Utah's Miller Motorsports Park on May 31. Representing Italy's red, white and green colors on the RSV4 will be Apirlia's own legend Max Biaggi and newcomer Leon Camier.
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About Aprilia and Piaggio Group Americas
Aprilia world headquarters are in Noale (Venice, Italy). Founded in 1962, the company designs and manufactures motorcycles in Noale, with production facilities in Scorze. With 43 motorcycling world championship titles (36 road and 7 off-road) and 274 speed GP wins under its belt, Aprilia is the only European manufacturer to have a complete on- and off-road model portfolio, ranging from sporty scooters, innovative off-road bikes and tough adventure tourers to award-winning super sport bikes. For information on Aprilia's complete U.S. model line, visit the company's website at www.apriliausa.com.
In December 2004 Aprilia became part of the Piaggio Group, Europe's leading manufacturer of two wheelers and one of the world's most recognized and respected names in motorcycle and scooter production.
With approximately 7,000 employees, approximately 610,000 vehicles sold in 2009, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and commercial operations all over the world, the Piaggio Group has a consolidated leadership in the European 2 wheeler market. Its production includes scooters, motorcycles and mopeds in the 50cc to 1,200 cc displacement range, marketed under the Piaggio, Vespa, Gilera, Derbi, Aprilia, Scarabeo and Moto Guzzi brands.