RETURNING TO MOTOGP: Jorge Lorenzo races for team Aprilia in 2007. The Italian company says it will return to MotoGP in 2015. Image: Shutterstock.
MILAN, Italy - Aprilia will return to MotoGP for the 2015 season, a year earlier than previously announced, the Italian company said on Friday (September 12).
Italy-based Gresini Racing, who have raced with Honda support in 2014, will be its partner team under a co-operation agreement.
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Aprilia said in a statement: "This is a four year agreement, so Gresini Racing will be managing the Aprilia bikes on the track in MotoGP until the 2018 season.
"Aprilia racing is currently making assessments to determine which riders will take part in the MotoGP project."
Gresini's riders for 2014 are Alvaro Bautista and Scott Redding.
Roberto Colaninno, chairman and chief executive of the Piaggio Group that owns Aprilia, said the decision to return early was because the company had already shown how competitive it could be on the track.