MOTOGP - APRILIA BACK ON TRACK AFTER SUNDAY'S GOOD RESULT AT BARCELONA
PROFITABLE DAY OF TESTING FOR BAUTISTA AND BRADL
Just hours after the race where Alvaro Bautista rode his RS-GP to an eighth place finish after an exhilarating comeback and where Stefan Bradl finished in the points, the Spanish Barcelona track had the MotoGP teams hard at work during a day of testing.
The focal point of the work done in the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini garages concerned some new tyre options developed by Michelin, in addition to some innovations with the electronics and the chassis settings. A lot of laps were taken, subdivided into rather brief outings precisely to maximise the amount of information and to accumulate data that will be analysed by the Aprilia engineers before the next race on the calendar at Assen, in Holland.
"First and foremost we tested some new tyres today and I'm rather satisfied with them. On the front the new specification tyre gave me a good feeling and the rear tyres all showed improved performance. We also worked hard on the chassis and the electronics, without any clear steps but continuing our process of fine-tuning the RS-GP. I think that what we did over the weekend and in the tests today will be useful for us at Assen, although it is a track with very different characteristics compared to Barcelona".
"We took a lot of laps, working hard on the chassis with numerous changes. We need these tests a lot. They help us to discover the bike and they let us test some solutions that would be difficult to analyse during a race weekend. After such an intense weekend and a test day with 82 laps taken, we'll head to Assen full of both data to analyse and motivation to do well".