World Champions: Biaggi (250cc) Sakata (125cc)
World Champions: Capirossi (250cc) Sakata (125cc)
World Champion: Locatelli (125cc)
With the beginning of the MotoGP era, Aprilia creates the RS3 Cube. The three-cylinder racer is ridden without much success by the likes of Colin Edwards and Nori Haga. It is the most powerful and in many ways the most advanced of the first-generation MotoGP machines, developed by Cosworth and based on F-1 car technology with pneumatic valves and fly-by-wire throttle. Aprilia learned (as did Kenny Roberts) that those F-1 guys can’t seem to understand motorcycle rideability. The Cube wheelied all the time, even in top gear. Edwards said, “It was just born bad.”
World Champion: Poggiali (125cc). At the end of the season, Aprilia abandons the expensive and unproductive MotoGP project to re-focus on the smaller classes.
World Champions: Lorenzo (250cc) Talmacsi (125cc)