Houston, TX (June 19, 2015) – Aprilia HSBK gained valuable data this past weekend while debuting the new Aprilia RSV4 RF in Birmingham at Barber Motorsports Park. The team received the bike shortly before the weekend and after a basic race prep put the stock v-four’s 200 horsepower to use. The bike is equipped with more advanced electronics, is lighter and better handling than its predecessor.
Rider Sheridan Morais was not only on the new bike, but learning a new track. He took the first practice session to acquaint himself with the track and bike. By Friday afternoon, he we was running the second fastest lap time in the class and sixth overall. His times proved he is capable of running in the front of not only the Superstock 1000 class, but the Superbike class as well. After qualifying and Superpole sessions, he was able to garner pole position in the Superstock 1000 class going into race one.
Unfortunately during race one, Morais was hit by debris on the track and was not able to finish the race. Teammate Devon McDonough also had an accident that was followed shortly thereafter by a red flag. The team regrouped after the setbacks and prepared for the second race of the day.
Race two was more fruitful. Morais ran a fast yet lonely race between the first and second pack. He continued to gather feedback on the new machine and finished the race second in Superstock 1000. McDonough claimed 8th in class and is ready to push even harder at Miller Motorsports Park in just over a week.
“We are excited about the potential of the new RF and look forward to having it in peak race form. I’m proud of the guys for regrouping after a tough race one and ending the weekend with a strong finish. Miller is just around the corner and we will be ready to run at the front of the pack once again,” said Team Owner, Bobby Shek.