Gloddy testing the Robem Engineering Aprilia RSV4 at Loudon. Wheelie control must have been off. Photo courtesy of Ben Gloddy Racing.
Last year at round 10 of the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship, Stefano Mesa tested an Aprilia RSV4 for Robem Engineering at Barber Motorsports Park. The bike was entered in the Stock 1000 class, and Mesa practiced, qualified, and competed in the weekend’s single Stock 1000 race. By all accounts, the test went well for Mesa, Robem Engineering, and MotoAmerica, but there haven’t been any further developments regarding the Aprilia RSV4 in full-time MotoAmerica competition.
On Friday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire, MotoAmerica REV’IT! Twins Cup riders Teagg Hobbs and Ben Gloddy, who are both instructors for the Penguin Racing School, tested the Robem Engineering literbike.
“I really liked riding the Robem Engineering Aprilia RSV4 at Loudon during a Penguin Racing School event on Friday,” Gloddy said. “It was really fun, and the power difference from the Aprilia RS 660 to the RSV4 was crazy. It was awesome getting to learn a little bit about the different electronics because we don’t run them on the RS 660. It was amazing to be able to adjust everything and play around with traction control and wheelie control. I had never ridden anything with the power delivery like the Aprilia RSV4 before, so it was a great experience testing the bike out to get some data on it. I am very excited, and I hope to be able to ride and race it again soon! Also, I’m really hoping the bike will be homologated for competition in MotoAmerica in the near future.”
With Hobbs and Gloddy both testing the Robem Engineering Aprilia, this begs two questions: 1) Will the Aprilia RSV4 makes its season debut in either Medallia Superbike or Yuasa Stock 1000 in 2023? 2) Are Hobbs and Gloddy planning to race literbikes in MotoAmerica next year, and will they be aboard Robem Engineering Aprilia RSV4s instead of RS 660s in 2023?
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