This season Aprilia also conquered the 125 and 250 Constructors' World Title Speed World titles now adding to 30
Another World title for Aprilia this week end: with the 3rd position in the Australian GP, Jorge Lorenzo won the World Championship in the 250 class, repeating his success of 2006. This fantastic title represents the third world title for Aprilia this year, after the Constructors victory in both the 125cc and 250 cc class already conquered during this extraordinary season.
In Valencia on 4th November Aprilia will win the fourth world title: in the 125 cc class - indeed - the battle for the victory is between Gabor Talmacsi and Hector Faubel, both riding an Aprilia. By confirming his title as 250 World Champion, Jorge Lorenzo reaches a legendary success, accomplishing what only Max Biaggi and Dani Pedrosa could do recently.
Jorge Lorenzo's victories have always been ensured on Gruppo Piaggio' bikes. His debut was at the Spanish GP in 2002, with the Derbi team. On this occasion Jorge set a record as the youngest rider of all times to participate in a Motorcycling championship, as he had turned 15 (minimum age) the previous Saturday. On his Derbi 125 he conquered his first world title at the Brazilian GP in 2003. In the 2005 season he races in the 250 cc class. And it is at the Jerez circuit, at the beginning of the 2006 season, that he wins his first GP riding his Aprilia RSW. This success has then been followed by seven victories during the season, right until the conquest of the 2006 World Title. Now he confirms his title, despite the great value of his rival Andrea Dovizioso.
Aprilia's World Speed titles now add to 30(14 Constructors and 16 Riders) in the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Aprilia first victory, conquered by Loris Reggiani at the San Marino GP in 1987.
The three World titles won in 2007 consolidate Aprilia's leadership as the brand conquering more titles among the Motorcycling constructors. Such success also shows that Aprilia dominates the "two stroke" classes that in 2006 obtained the Riders' and the Constructors' titles both in the 125cc and in the 250cc.
Leo Francesco Mercanti, Director of the Aprilia brand, commented today's victory: A great thank you to Jorge Lorenzo, who allowed us to win the World title, one GPs in advance. With these 'two Riders' titles conquered consecutively in the 250cc, Jorge shows to be among the greatest riders in this class. This victory also proves that Aprilia is an extraordinary school for young talents. This title is also a prize for the exceptional work made by a great team of technicians and by a highly competent company showing unparalleled passion for its work. Such values allowed the young Aprilia brand to become a myth in Motorcycling. I would like to thank the riders, the teams, the sponsors who participated in Aprilia's amazing rise to success. We are now waiting for the name of the riders for the 125cc Rider's title, the last objective to be reached in order to complete an extraordinary poker of world titles.
Giampiero Sacchi, Gruppo Piaggio's Director stated: "I thank Jorge to have with this success crowned an extraordinary year with four titles won after the four of the 2006, victories that repay the work of Aprilia Racing, now point of reference for the two stroke engine technology. I wish to Jorge many victories in the new adventure in MotoGP, the right prize for his great talent".