Aprilia eyes step forward with seamless gearbox

The Aprilia MotoGP team will introduce a seamless gearbox for the first time at this weekend's race at Mugello in a bid to boost its competitiveness.

It has been a difficult season for the Italian manufacturer on its return to the premier class after a decade-long absence, its best results so far in 2015 a trio of 15th place finishes for Alvaro Bautista.

But Aprilia is hopeful of a step forward for its home round at Mugello as it introduces a fully seamless gearbox on its pair of RS-GP machines for the first time, following a successful test of the technology – pioneered by Honda in 2011 – at Jerez earlier in the month.

"At Mugello we'll be taking a lot of technical changes onto the track, beginning with the seamless gearbox that I tested at Jerez with good results," said Bautista, "so we are very motivated as we approach this round.

"We'll also have some other upgrades available in various areas of the bike, so I'm confident that we'll be able to take a big step forward."

Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano added: "The positive feedback Bautista provided after the tests at Jerez convinced us to speed up development [of the seamless gearbox] in order to have it ready to race as soon as possible."

"We have also prepared various changes in terms of aerodynamics and chassis as well with respect to the bike that started off the season."

The announcement leaves Aprilia's fellow 2015 returnee Suzuki as the sole MotoGP factory that has yet to introduce a seamless gearbox, although the Japanese squad has a version in development.

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