It took place today in the racing department of Aprilia Racing Noale delivery to Marco Simoncelli Foundation of the Aprilia RSV4 Superbike with which the sample of Coriano competed at Imola in 2009, his only race in the World Superbike Championship.
To receive the V4 number 58, as happened with the Gilera 250 rainbow donated to the Foundation by the Piaggio Group, was Paolo Simoncelli, Marco’s father and Technical Advisor of the Foundation.
The Aprilia RSV4 Superbike entrusted to the Foundation will go to enrich the museum dedicated to Marco of Coriano.
When Marco Simoncelli appeared at Imola, as a wildcard, he was World Champion in World GP 250. The pilot of Coriano had dominated the 2008 season with his Gilera 250 and was in full battle to recapture the title when he made his debut riding the Superbike Venetian, as a wildcard, and having done one test. Marco was surprised all the fans with an onset of absolute level.
The 250 World Champion proved immediately to be able to fight the best in the class, concluding his apprenticeship path on a motorcycle powerful and difficult as the V4 Venetian in Sunday’s races. After slipping while he was in brawl in the leading group in Race 1, Mark led his RSV4 number 58 on the third step of the podium in Race 2, placing an extraordinary fought until the last lap to opponents and talented experts in the Superbike World Championship.
It was an outstanding achievement that showed the skill and courage of Marco Simoncelli also driving a powerful 1,000 cc 4-stroke lead in the race that never had before.
“The images of Imola 2009 certainly in the eyes of all fans – said Roman Albesiano, Head of Aprilia Racing – see a young rider, making his debut, on a bike for him and practically unknown in a Championship SBK which is certainly not the most simple fight from the start with the best of the class is a confirmation of the great potential of Mark. After 250 Gilera, with whom he won the 2008 World Championship, this RSV4 deserves to go to the Marco Simoncelli Foundation, as a symbol and reminder of one of the finest talents in the world of motorcycle racing. “