How about this for some good news? The chaps over at Moto-Station in France (and seen on Asphalt & Rubber in the USA) have reported that the Aprilia RS660 WILL be a production motorcycle for us eager masses to buy NEXT YEAR.

The RS660 prototype being tested in private late last year.

We’ve already brought you spy shots of the motorcycle in track and road guises during an intensive period of testing to hone the 100bhp version of (effectively) the firm’s RSV4 superbike and the latest news confirms how far along the motorcycle is in terms of development. The awesome looking motorcycle was first revealed officially to the world at last year’s EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Aprilia would not be drawn on whether or not the 660 would eventually become a motorcycle you could buy in dealers.

The RS660 prototype was also caught trackside in road trim during the secret tests.

The Moto-Station guys said this about what they’ve learnt around the mid-weight superbike’s arrival: “We have been to two press launches recently by the Piaggio group (the Piaggio group own Aprilia) and the opportunity to go fishing for information about the RS660 was too good.

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“Obviously, the spokespersons of the Piaggio group saw us arriving from a distance with our barely hidden questions, but at least the response was clear. They said: ‘We continue to development of the RS660, it follows its path. There are no special reasons that would prevent it from arriving in 2020.

At the upcoming EICMA fair in Milan, it will be presented in final version.’

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Tony Carter

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