Aprilia USA Announces 2009 AMA Daytona SportBike Factory Team

Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Debuts at Historic Daytona 200

NEW YORK, NY – December 18, 2008 – Aprilia USA, the North American importer
and distributor of Aprilia sport bikes, announces the debut of an all-new
factory-sponsored road racing team in the new 2009 AMA Daytona SportBike
class, part of the 2009 AMA Superbike Championship series. The Factory
Aprilia Millennium Technologies team will be managed exclusively by KWS
Motorsports and will compete on the Aprilia RSV 1000R.  The 12-race Daytona
SportBike class premieres at the historic, first-ever night-time running of
the Daytona 200 at Daytona International Speedway, March 6. 

With the debut of Italy’s Max Biaggi and Shinya Nakano onboard Aprilia’s
much anticipated new RSV4 superbike in the 2009 World Superbike series,
Aprilia USA is considering its rookie season on the Daytona SportBike
circuit as an important American circuit test bed for 2010. 

“With a new team structure, new riders and the new RSV4 en route for 2010,
a season’s worth of preparation with KWS and real-world racing experience
for Aprilia USA at this level has tremendous benefits,” said Rick
Panettieri, brand manager, Aprilia USA.  “The current-model RSV has long
been respected for its race-bred DNA and its precise and predictable
handling under even the most aggressive riding conditions, which has made it
a favorite among track day enthusiasts. We chose KWS Motorsports as a racing
partner for their expertise in creating top-performing race and production
bikes. This will ensure that the RSV is tuned to give the competition a real

Designed to promote close racing action, the new Daytona SportBike series
features a variety of high-performance motorcycles, with four-cylinder,
triple-cylinder and twin-cylinder engines.

Ben Thompson will be returning to the KWS team as the primary rider as well
as 2008 KWS crew chief Michael Godin.  Thompson, who previously rode on
Aprilia’s Moto-ST team at Daytona Motor Speedway, will be teamed with
another, yet to be announced second rider. Factory Aprilia Millennium
Technologies team manager, Chip Spalding, is currently in discussions with
both riders and sponsors and can be contacted for additional information at
the company’s headquarters at chip@kwsmotorsports.com.

“After several successful seasons in AMA Superbike and Superstock,
launching a factory Daytona SportBike program for Aprilia is a real thrill,”
said Spalding.  “Daytona under the lights is the perfect way to start what
we know will be a memorable series.”

“We are very proud to partner with Aprilia USA and are extremely excited to
have the RSV in our race shop,” said team owner Kevin Hunt. “Great racing in
this series starts with a strong production sport bike and the RSV
definitely exceeds that criteria.”  The team will also be supported by long
time KWS sponsor Millennium Technologies, the world renowned leader in the
field of cylinder repair and replating.

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 Scorzè.  With 38 motorcycling world championship titles (32
road and 6 off-road) 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 http://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 708,500 vehicles sold in
2007, 5 R&D centers, 7 production facilities in Europe and Asia, and
operations in over 50 countries, 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.

About KWS Motorsports

KWS Motorsports is a full service race shop specializing in high performance
late model fuel-injected sportbikes and sportbike engines. The company’s
mission is to provide customers the most powerful, lightest, and fastest
motorcycles and motorcycle powered vehicles in the world. KWS was founded in
1993 by motorcycle racer Kevin Hunt and is a company run and staffed by
motorcycle racers with over 30 years of racing experience and knowledge.
KWS-built engines have been credited with several world top speed records,
professional road racing championships, club racing championships, and
hundreds of race wins.


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