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Aprilia Racing Returns To Africa for 2024

Aprilia racing is preparing to return to top flight rally raids with the Tuareg 660 central to the brands racing plans for 2024. As is clear from the name and the equipment of the twin-cylinder enduro, the bike is ready for a return to the desert adventures that are in its DNA.

Marking the importance of the project, Aprilia can count on the support of one of Italy’s top riders, Jacopo Cerutti who is the Aprilia Racing factory rider, responsible for bike development for the 2023 season.

Aprilia is preparing for a return to the top rally raids in 2024 an ambitious project that will be overseen by Aprilia Racing, thereby repeating the successful experience of Aprilia’s previous participation in Dakar, 2010-2012.

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The Noale racing division returns to its true love, the world of off-road racing that marked Aprilia’s début in the world of national and international competitions, as it develops the new Aprilia Tuareg 660, a bike whose very name underscores its calling and destiny.

The Aprilia Tuareg project will be overseen by Jacopo Cerutti, 34, who brings his own extensive experience to Aprilia Racing development, the rider from Como has multiple Italian Moto rally wins to his name, as well as bringing home four Italian and one European Enduro titles and having participated in Dakar six times already.

Aprilia to go racing with Tuareg 660
Aprilia to go racing with Tuareg 660

He will be backed by Francesco Montanari, a national-level Enduro rider who achieved a great rookie performance at the Tricolore Motorally last year.

The racing version of the new Aprilia Tuareg 660 will be developed by Aprilia Racing with technical input from GCorse (brother’s Gianfranco and Vittoriano Guareschi), who already worked on the Tuareg taking part in the Italian Motorally Championship over the course of 2022.

Involvement in the Tricolore Motorally will continue in 2023, a season that will be entirely focused on developing a project that has shown enormous potential right from the start. The starting line will feature two Tuareg 660s entrusted to Cerutti and Montanari.

Alongside Aprilia Racing’s Tuareg project, Aprilia will also be present at the venues of the 2023 Italian Motorally to provide support for all those riding a Tuareg 660 in the new GPX “entry level” category, which was specifically created to make the Championship more accessible.

Aprilia remains true to its mission of introducing enthusiasts to the world of motorcycles, an objective it has been pursuing for years with the Italian FMI Aprilia Sport Production Championship and the Aprilia RS 660 Trophy.

Aprilia to go racing with Tuareg 660
Aprilia to go racing with Tuareg 660
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkinhttp://twowheeladdicts.com.au
Andrew Jenkin is the founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, a contributor to BikeReview and Drivetribe as well as being a panel judge of Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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