APRILIA technical director Luigi dall'Igna has scuppered rumours the Italian company will race in MotoGP when the series returns to 1000cc engines in 2012.
Speaking to MotoSprint, dall'Igna Said:
"To race in a world championship with a bike that is not on the same level as our rivals is not the right spirit to face such an important commitment, so I think that in 2012 we won't be in the world motorcycling elite, and we won't participate in MotoGP."
Aprilia last competed in MotoGP in 2004, with the ill-fated Cube RS3.
The company won the 2010 World Superbike Championship with former 250cc World Champion Max Biaggi.