The Aprilia MotoGP Honda team is one of the most popular and respected on the grid today, but it is not without its own share of controversy. With the new rules changes from the sport governing body governing MotoGP, more emphasis is now placed on overtaking and the safety of the racing bike itself, and the Aprilia MotoGP Honda team has had a lot to face up to with these changes.
The first change made by the governing body to the rules was the introduction of safety bars on the bikes for the riders. They are now mandatory and there is no way of changing this unless the rider has them fitted. Safety bars reduce the possibility of serious injuries and serious accidents from accidents while racing.
This brings us to another change to the safety regulations of the APRILIA MOTORGP team. The team has been ordered to remove the use of air horns on its bikes in an attempt to reduce the noise which is often heard during races. Air horns were originally introduced to aid drivers in communicating with one another and to increase the speed of the racing bikes. However, they have now been banned to further reduce the noise produced by the racing bikes during the race.
It is believed that the other reason the team has been ordered to remove the air horns from its bikes is because the team has been found to be using illegal modifications to their bikes. Riders have been seen to have changed the suspension geometry, the brake calipers, the front wheel, even the wheel alignment on the bikes.
Despite the banning of the air horns from the APRILIA MOTORGP Honda bikes, one rider has managed to make use of them by raising the flag during the race to signal to the rest of the racing team that he is out of control. One of the mechanics then caught him and told the race track that he had not been able to catch up and had fallen. This caused further controversy as the rider had raised the flag before the race and the other team were given time to overtake him.
There is also the matter of a crash that has happened in the last round of the championship involving the Aprililia MotoGP Honda team. On the last lap, a bike belonging to the team was brought to the pit exit of the tunnel after the race. When it was brought to the pits to the track, the rider on the bike went off in a spectacular crash.