Actually, Misano is *THE* Aprilia track: after showing so poorly at it last year, the factory selected it as their test track, and they have considerable experience with it and an excellent, one-off, Misano-only set-up for the bike--which they put to excellent use this past weekend.
Without question, Biaggi will put up an impressive win total for this season--he's a virtual lock for at least one win at Brno--his personal BFF track--and very likely to do the double. But, as Duc touches upon, let's see at least a c'ship--and preferably several multi-win seasons--before laying claim to being all about winning in what has always been the de facto "Ducati Cup" series, and right after a season where Yamaha won fully half of the season's races, and a large number of pole positions, on the way to the c'ship.
Saying two things and probably menaing the same: not an Aprilia track, and that is why I would be testing there. Misano is not big on straights and a lot of corners. The Factory RSV-4 is rip-roarin' on the straights in SBK trim, and tends to run wide on corner-entry. Brno will be tough for the same reasons, and Biaggi won last year, primarily because the two leaders took each other out. It will be a challenge.
And yes, Aprilia is big on racing heritage - many of the current world-league champions got started on Ape 125 and 250 classes. It's tough for the Company to come up with the funds to race in the world stage.
It's also a tough brand to own, and I am on my 3rd. You end up being your own wrench, because of lack of dealership support, and most of the people you meet have never heard of them. In general, I find that people are scared of the ownership experience. For me, it's like putting on your favorite pair of shoes. I feel as comfortable at full lean as I do on my barstool at home - it just works for me.
I am truly enjoying this season, and I hope it continues.
And.., it's just a parody of a commercial...