Anniversary, 25 Years
25 Limited Edition Exhaust Systems for 25 years
STARS ON TWO WHEELS FOR NEW MEDICAL RESEARCH AND BETTER QUALITY OF LIFE IN AFRICA by Primož Jurman photography Marc Robinot, Gold and Goose Photography, Uroš Podlogar
45 T he A kr ap ovi č co mp an y u nve ile d a li m i t e d s e r i e s of 25 exhaust s y st e ms a s p ar t of th e i r 25t h a nniv e rs a r y c eleb r at io ns a nd d on at e d s ome o f t he m to c h ar i t i e s i n orde r to co lle ct m on e y for c har it a ble caus e s .
The Akrapovič company closely cooperates with a number of top racing teams and riders in many classes of car and motorcycle racing and all of them gladly supported the idea to collect significant funds for various charities and took part in the project. The first five exhausts from the limited series were given away at an auction during the Day of Champions at Silverstone in Great Britain, organised by “Two Wheels for Life”, the official charity of MotoGP, which has already done a lot for the health and medical support of people in remote African villages. Akrapovič is proud to be able to take part in the project and has donated five Slip-On Line exhausts: two for the Yamaha YZF-R1 and one each for the Ducati Multistrada 1200, the BMW S 1000 RR, and KTM 1290 Super Duke R respectively. These exhaust systems, individually and as a group, stand for all that defines Akrapovič exhausts and thus the company’s essence: the sport that courses through Akrapovič’s genes, the use of high-quality materials, superb final treatment and innovative design. The numbered exhaust
systems are adorned by an Akrapovič logo, designed specifically to mark the company’s 25th anniversary. All exhausts are EC and ECE type approved. Special exhausts for a great cause To increase the exhausts value and exclusivity each of them carries a MotoGP rider’s signature. On behalf of the Ducati Team, Andrea Dovizioso and Casey Stoner signed their names on the Ducati Multistrada 1200 exhausts. The two-time world champion from Australia signed his while visiting the Akrapovič company in Slovenia, to be sold during an online auction organised by “Two Wheels for Life”. MotoGP 2015 World Champion Jorge Lorenzo and nine-time overall winner Valentino Rossi from Movistar Yamaha MotoGP put their names on the exhausts for the YZF-R1. Moto3 world champion Brad Binder from the Red Bull KTM Ajo team meanwhile penned his name on the exhaust for the KTM 1290 Super Duke R, and three-time world champion Loris Capirossi, in his role as a safety advisor for MotoGP and MotoGP expert at BMW M, attached his signature to the BMW S 1000 RR exhaust. Valentino Rossi, Loris Capirossi, Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso were also on stage at the charity event and helped out with the auction. Company founder and owner Igor
Akrapovič, who supported the project from the very beggining said: “I’m pleased that our MotoGP partners and Akrapovič showed support for the Two Wheels for Life charity. This is an immensely important charity, which has already done a lot of good for children in remote African villages. The Day of Champions as part of the British MotoGP race is always a huge event, supported by all riders in MotoGP, and is an opportunity to show our support and allow racing enthusiasts to become part of our history while collecting important funds for a noble cause.” The project was welcomed warmly among employees at Akrapovič company as well, so they poured out their passion and dedication and used all of their unrivalled skills, really giving something extra for the project. The muffler from ultra-light titanium is painted black, while some parts are treated with a special nano coating that keeps the systems as new even after use – that is if those who bought these collectible masterpieces should actually use them. 25 years of racing passion, triumphs and charitable causes In order to mark the 25th anniversary of his company in the WorldSBK Championship as well, Akrapovič founder and owner Igor