Aprilia at Epicenter as Moto GP Storms into Indy
From urban stunts to battles on the asphalt and dirt, Aprilia’s all about
action during the inaugural Red Bull Indianapolis MotoGP
INDIANAPOLIS, September 2, 2008 – As the Brickyard prepares to welcome
motorcycles for the first time in 99 years, the inaugural MotoGP weekend at
legendary Indianapolis Motor Speedway on September 12-14 will earn a special
spot in the motorsports history books. Italian manufacturer Aprilia is
proud to be part of this memorable event with a full schedule of 250 and 125
class racing as well as heated AMA Flat Track competition, a thrilling
Aprilia SXV stunt show and dealer hospitality.
Aprilia, which leads the manufacturers standing in both the 250 and 125 GP
classes, will also provide the racing muscle for 16-year old Chattanooga,
Tennessee sensation Chris Turner, the exclusive U.S. wild card entry for
Sunday’s 125cc race. Turner has been actively competing in national and
international racing in the USGPRU and European Red Bull Rookies Cup Series.
He will go head to head with the international group of top racing talent
while representing Portland, Oregon-based Veloce Racing.
The racing action in Indianapolis isn’t all on the asphalt. The best dirt
trackers in the nation will duke it out at the storied Indiana State
Fairgrounds Indy Mile when the AMA Flat Track Championship Series comes to
town the same weekend. The Aprilia USA/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team, led
by Henry Miles and James Rispoli and fresh off a podium finish, will battle
for a return trip to the winner’s circle on Saturday, December 13.
To celebrate its racing heritage and 36 world motorcycle championships,
Aprilia USA will welcome dealers, racers and Aprilia owners for a party at
the Pioneer of Our Land Pavilion inside the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Taking place from 5 to 8 p.m., the event will feature food, refreshments and
entertainment, and will be offered at no charge to Aprilia owners and $10
for their guests. To RSVP, please contact ApriliaParty@piaggiogroupusa.com.
Aprilia will also kick up some dust downtown Indianapolis starting Friday,
September 12 with the debut of its new Team Aprilia stunt riding team,
equipped with Aprilia SXV 5.5 Supermoto bikes. Team Aprilia will perform as
part of the XDL Sportbike Freestyle Championships. Now in its third year,
the XDL Championships draw an international field of riding talent and
thrill audiences with awe-inspiring displays of truly “sick” flips, endos,
wheelies and other moto acrobatics. The event takes place at the Indiana War
Memorial on North Meridian Street.
“We are proud to be part of Indy’s historic return to motorcycle racing,”
said Paolo Timoni, President and CEO, Piaggio Group Americas. “With Aprilia
racing successes at many of the world’s most challenging race tracks, we’re
delighted to compete for the very first time at iconic Indianapolis Motor