2004 will be remembered as the year of the grand return of Aprilia’s off-roading. The technicians from Noale applied their expertise not only to the renovated cross motorcycle but also to the supermotard category with a huge, innovative project: the Sxv. In this new motorcycle beats a revolutionary, bi-cylindrical heart atop which Jerome Giraudo pushed himself to a historic world title in the S2 category after a season of constant improvement.
In the velocity sector, Aprilia again affirmed its competitiveness by coming through with the world title for the 125cc manufacturing category. Here, the flag bearers of Noale had to relinquish the lead to the talented and emerging Dovizioso but they assure us they will win at least seven of the 16 Gp races in the upcoming international season while leading Aprilia to her crowning with the category’s laurel for the umpteenth time.
In the 250, it was a difficult year studded with injuries for Manuel Poggiali, whose only conquering of the highest podium came in Brazil, in contrast with the steady rise of Alex De Angelis. In only his first year with the 250cc, he was a frequent fixture atop the podium and finished out the season in fifth place.
With the performance of the MotoGp class wavering the Team was not able to consistently exhibit results, accomplices of the injured Aprilia riders who had been called upon to tame the horsepower of the Rs Cube. At the end of a season that witnessed the hiatus of Shane Byrne, the debut of Jeremy McWilliams at his side, Garry McCoy, and the Italian, Michel Fabrizio, Aprilia finished in sixth place amongst all manufacturers.