Piaggio Group’s technical flagship, Aprilia Racing, has expanded its partnership with global lubricant icon Gulf in a multi-year partnership deal for the world’s top motorbike racing championship. The two have already worked together for the past two yearsin the World Superbike Championship arena – know they are making the step up into the pinnacle of motorbike racing, MotoGP.
“The opportunity to move up into MotoGP, as a major partner of Aprilia Racing was a logical next step forward after World Superbikes,” explains Gulf vice-president international Frank Rutten. “Aprilia is one of the most successful racing marques of all time while Gulf, of course, has a long history of success in motorsport. Making the move up to Grand Prix racing with a manufacturer that we know matches our ethos of quality, endurance and passion and our desire for progress.”
“We are delighted to be forging this new partnership with Gulf,” enthused Aprilia Racing CEO Massimo Rivola. “It is an iconic brand with an impressive range of products and a great racing history. We look forward to writing the next chapter in this history over the coming years. I am very pleased to have Gulf working with Aprilia Racing in our upcoming MotoGP campaigns and it will be exciting to see these two great brands moving forward together.”
The 19-race MotoGP calendar features races across five continents and the 2019 season starts on 10 March in Qatar.