Gulf Oil and Aprilia Racing come together for MotoGP
The two have earlier worked together for two years for World Superbike Championship
After working together for two years in global motorcycle racing’s arena—for World Superbike Championship--, Gulf Oil and Aprilia Racing has formed a new multi-year partnership for MotoGP.
“The opportunity to move up into MotoGP as a major partner of Aprilia Racing was a logical next step forward after World Superbikes,” said Frank Rutten, Gulf Vice President International
“Aprilia is one of the most successful racing marques of all time while Gulf, of course, has a long history of success in motorsport. Making the move up to Grand Prix racing with a manufacturer that we know matches our ethos of quality, endurance and passion and our desire for progress,” added Rutten.
Aprilia Racing CEO, Massimo Rivola, said, “We are delighted to be forging this new partnership with Gulf.”
“It is an iconic brand with an impressive range of products and a great racing history. We look forward to writing the next chapter in this history over the coming years. I am very pleased to have Gulf working with Aprilia Racing in our upcoming MotoGP campaigns and it will be exciting to see these two great brands moving forward together,” added Rivola.
Aprilia Racing is the technical flagship of Piaggio Group that includes brands such as Vespa, Gilera and Moto Guzzi. The group manufactures more than 550,000 motorbikes per year sold across its brands,
Aprilia is concentrating hard on MotoGP development for 2019, looking to be regularly in the mix at the sharp-end of the MotoGP field. To this end, in January, Piaggio brought in former Ferrari Sporting Director, Massimo Rivola to head up Aprilia Racing. With two new crew chiefs and a talented rider line up of Italian, Andrea Iannone, Spaniard Aleix Espargaro and Briton, Bradley Smith, Aprilia is putting more resource than ever before into making strides forward in this intensely competitive series.
The 19 race MotoGP calendar features races across five continents and the 2019 season starts on March 10th in Qatar.
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