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Aprilia facing tough MotoGP dilemma for 2014

Aprilia will need to choose whether it wants to continue as a non-factory entry in the 2014 MotoGP.
Aprilia will need to choose whether it wants to continue as a non-factory entry in the 2014 MotoGP.
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by Daniel Mackrell

Motorbike manufacturer Aprilia will need to choose whether it wants to continue as a non-factory entry in the 2014 MotoGP season.

Aprilia's ART has come in for a lot of praise of late and one of the driving forces behind this is the machine's electronics.

The performances of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet in the MotoGP have highlighted that the bike is a must have for riders not on a factory or satellite machine.

However, if Aprilia decides to remain as a non-factory machine, it would be forced it to use the Dorna-supplied spec-software.

Despite continuing to improve since it was introduced six months ago, the new spec-software could hinder Aprilia's current progress.

Esparagaro highlighted the importance of the electronics in a recently interior with Motor Magazine, in which he said it was "75% of the bike".

The alternative is to attempt to branch out and become a factory, which would allow it to continue to use the Magneti Marelli electronics.

This would be an improvement electronically, but there are questions over its engine durability and the capacity to meet the requirements of racing with a maximum of 20 litres of fuel.

What's more, most factory teams are limited to five engines per season, but Aprilia would be given nine as a concession if they were to turn factory.

It still remains to be seen what decision Aprilia will take, but with Espargaro and de Puniet tenth and 15th respectively it shows the current high performance of the ART.

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