ROMANO ALBESIANO - APRILIA RACING MANAGER
“We had a good feeling on the track at Assen already last year and now we are arriving with a completely new bike that will be on this track for the first time, but we intend to resume with that feeling to build another good weekend. Looking at what happened in Barcelona, we need to concentrate on improving our performance in qualifying most of all so that we can take the best possible advantage of the race pace that we have demonstrated. Moving up a few positions on the starting grid would make our goal easier to achieve, which is still to battle for a top 10 finish”.
“Assen is a very particular track where the first, slow part alternates with a second, fast part and a lot of direction changes. It is always hard to find a setting that lets you go fast in both situations. After our performance at Barcelona, where we worked well, we hope that we can do it again, even improving on the flying lap in qualifying. It will be a new track for the RS-GP and we need to keep working with the usual goal: a top 10 finish”.
FAUSTO GRESINI - TEAM MANAGER
“At Barcelona the entire team worked very well in view of the race. This was a commitment that allowed us to achieve an important result, with Alvaro managing to pull off a great comeback and Stefan in the points again. This is a result that gives us confidence in view of the important round at Assen, where in any case we hope to be able to take a significant step forward in terms of the RS-GP's overall performance, even in the practice sessions”.
“After a break we are back on the track at Assen, where last year I crashed but today the feeling is completely different and I can't wait to get out there on a rather particular track. The last two tracks, Barcelona and Mugello, were fast and flowing, whereas in Holland it takes a different setup. I like the track and there will be a lot of German fans coming out to see us. Hopefully we'll have good weather. The goal is to exploit the characteristics of our RS-GP as best we can”.