Great news from the Aprilia Enduro front. Stefan Merriman will be riding a RXV in the 2007 season. Merriman is a four times Enduro World Champion (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004), in 2005 Merriman finished second in the E2 class. In 2006, despite a period of bad luck, having won three races, he finished the season in third place, taking to 62 his total of Enduro World Championship wins.
Aprilia Brand Manager, Leo Francesco Mercanti, explains how Aprilia sees the agreement with Merriman. “After so much development work and experience building in 2006, the arrival of a world class champion like Merriman is an important step forward in our plans for 2007. Aprilia hopes to achieve ambitious results in Enduro racing and we are delighted that this amazing Australian, a living legend in the discipline, has chosen to race with one of our twin cylinder machines. I’m sure that Stefan Merriman will be a trump card in the Enduro racing game, and will give us a really competitive and successful season.”
Merriman is new in the Aprilia team with Nicolas Paganon and Luigi Seguy. The young French Paganon, born in 1982, has already won three French National Championship titles. In 2006 he was the rookie of the Enduro E2 World Championship placing himself 8th overall with 153 points. Seguy, born 1975, will ride the MXV in Motocross where he has been achieving great results in the Mx1 & Mx2 class.