Big news in view of the next season of MotoAmerica, with a pinch of Italy that will be the protagonist in the main US domestic motorcycle championship. Today it was announced that the new version of the Aprilia RS 660 has met the approval requirements of the AMA (American Motorcyclist Association) and is approved to compete in the Twins Cup category starting in 2021.
“We are excited to have Aprilia race in our Twins Cup series with its new RS 660,” said MotoAmerica President Wayne Rainey. “Our tech department has worked hard with Aprilia to make this happen while ensuring that the Twins Cup class continues to have parity between the manufacturers. We can’t wait to get to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and see how it all stacks up on the racetrack. This is going to be an exciting season in all our classes and the addition of the Aprilia in Twins Cup will be fun to watch.”
Of the 32 MotoAmerica Twins Cup races held in the three-year history of the class, Suzuki has won 20, Yamaha 10 and Ducati two. The Hamamatsu manufacturer has captured the title in all three seasons with Chris Parrish (2018), Alex Dumas (2019) and youngster Rocco Landers (2020).
The Aprilia RS 660 will be required to meet balancing requirements set out by MotoAmerica and the AMA from and including the opening round of the series at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, April 30-May 2. Those requirements are as follows:
- Cylinders must be the originally fitted and homologated part with no modification
- Pistons must be the originally fitted and homologated part with no modification
- Piston Rings must be the originally fitted and homologated part with no modification. All piston rings must be fitted
- Piston Pins and Clips must be the originally fitted and homologated part with no modification
- Connecting Rods must be the originally fitted and homologated part with no modification. Rod bolts are free
- Cylinder Liner is free
“The RS 660 represents a new era of motorcycles for us at Aprilia,” said Mario Di Maria, President and CEO of Piaggio Group Americas. “Today, we are very happy to offer the opportunity to American teams to race in the MotoAmerica Twins Cup with this incredible machine. The racetrack is and always will be the home of Aprilia, and the RS 660 reflects very well the origins of the brand, capable of winning 54 World titles while building motorcycles for very passionate riders. We look forward to starting this new adventure, giving a unique opportunity to a new generation of racers and hopefully champions too.”