AT INDY STEFAN BRADL DEBUTS ASTRIDE THE APRILIA RS-GP. THE GERMAN RIDER'S FIRST COMMENTS ARE POSITIVE
ALVARO BAUTISTA WAS SLOWED BY TRAFFIC ON HIS FLYING LAP BUT HAS CLEAR IDEAS FOR TOMORROW
Indianapolis (USA), 7 August 2015 - The first day of practice at Indianapolis for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini had Stefan Bradl making his debut astride the RS-GP, which the German rider will ride in the remaining races of the season. The first laps, straight away on a race weekend, allowed Bradl to gain familiarity with the bike and the team, limiting himself to making small changes in the setup. A lot of attention was focused on ergonomics, the position of the footpegs amd the handlebar as well as the conformation of the saddle in order to find a comfortable triangulation. The opinion at the end of the first day is definitely positive: Stefan found a serious bike with predictable reactions, particularly liking the electronics amd the seamless gearbox. His twentieth final time, two seconds behind the top time, is as encouraging as his improvement of about 1.5 seconds between the two sessions.
Alvaro Bautista is continuing his development work, bringing to the track his usual professional determination. After an initial session to size up the situation, testing the new asphalt and identifying a base setup, in the afternoon session Alvaro and his team began searching for better traction and solutions to improve performance in turns. The last lap on new tyres should have provided an idea as to the level the Aprilia RS-GP had reached but his efforts went up in smoke due to the traffic that characterises the end of every session. There is a lot of data to be analysed and Alvaro's path towards improvement will pick up from here tomorrow.
ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)
“It was a good start for Bradl. He found a good pace straight away. Making a debut directly on a race weekend is really quite a complicated thing but he did a great job. He is very analytical in the way he describes the way the bike performs. Alvaro was unfortunately slowed by traffic on his lap with a new tyre and that keeps us from making an accurate assessment of his performance. In any case I expect that it is up to the same standards as recent races."
FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)
“We can be satisfied with this first day because Stefan performed bery well straight away in his debut on the RS-GP, providing some positive feedback. Alvaro also did a good job and the fact that he was unable to improve in the afternoon session was basically because he was slowed down in his final attempts at a flying lap. We have strengthened the team without a doubt and today was certainly a good start. Now we just need to stay focused and work on the bike with a view to the future.”