MotoGP Jerez test

APRILIA READY FOR THE 2017 MOTOGP OPENER APRILIA SPREMNA ZA OTVARANJE NOVE MOTOGP SEZONE NOVI 2017 RS-GP ZA 2017 JE NAPREDOVAO ALBESIANO: “JAKO POZITIVNA ZIMA, SVJESNI SVOG POTENCIJALA”

The official start of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship is just a few hours away now, The MotoGP svjetsko prvenstvo 2017. godine samo što nije počelo pod reflektorima Losail staze u Kataru. Nova sezona za Apriliju, s novom motivacijom i iznad svega važnim ambicijama potkrijepljenima dobrim rezultatima u pripremama sezone. Na zimskim testiranjima napredak RS-GP motocikla za 2017. bio je opipljiv. Promjene načinjene u očekivanju nove sezone dale su pozitivne rezuzultate i omogućile važan iskorak u razvoju, što je dovelo do boljih rezultata talijanskog motocikla.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini je stoga spreman za novi izazov. U najnovijim testovima, na stazi Losail, Aleix Espargaró je u sjajnoj formi. Uspio se približiti respektabilnim pozicijama u ukupnom poretku, ima brzo vrijeme kruga i dosljedan je na korištenim gumama. U očekivanju prve utrke na Apriliji Španjolac ne krije zadovoljstvo osjećajem na motociklu koji ima od prvog kruga, kao i potporom tima koji ga prati.

Sam Lowes, početnik u kategoriji, uhvatio se u koštac sa zimskim testiranjima uz pravo dozu strpljenja fokusirajući se na osjećaj u sjedalu i stil vožnje koji RS-GP zahtijeva. Njegov je napredak bio stalan, te su u zadnjim fazama testiranja u Kataru (gdje je kroz tri dana bilježio pozitivne trendove), Englez je sa svojim timom pronašao prave postavke zbog kojih su optimistični pred prvu utrku.

SCOTT REDDING 

“We made some good progress compared to Valencia where I was conditioned by the recently concluded race weekend. I’ve begun to adapt my riding style to take advantage of the strong points of the RS-GP and the guys at Aprilia worked hard to give me a bike that is closer to my needs. There is still a lot to do. We explored extremely different setup configurations here precisely to figure out which direction to follow in 2018. I am highly motivated because I can see that Aprilia trusts my indications and wants to give me a competitive package for next season. We have the potential to do well. Now I’ll get ready over the winter break, during which I’d like to lose a few pounds as well. This bike does not require a very physical ride, so I can afford to lose some weight. Even if it won’t be easy!”
 

EUGENE LAVERTY 

“For me these were 5 very important days of testing: 2 with the RSV4 Superbike and the last 3 with the RS-GP. It was a great experience. I felt good on the MotoGP bike and I think it has great potential. I am very happy with how we worked with the team. I would like to continue being part of this project. Despite being in test configuration, on the final day I still tried to do a good time. My rider instinct took over! Unfortunately, I made a mistake that cost me a few tenths and I’m disappointed about that, but at the same time, I know that I contributed to developing the Aprilia MotoGP.” 

ROMANO ALBESIANO – APRILIA RACING MANAGER 

“With Scott we continued the process of adaptation to the RS-GP, gathering a large amount of data in view of 2018. The pace was also good, despite the fact that there are significant margins for improvement. Overall, we are satisfied with the technical direction we have taken with Redding. His sensations confirm the quality of our measured but effective work method. Eugene was a pleasant renewed contact. He took on the role of tester to perfection and provided a very valuable contribution. We worked especially on optimising components related to injection and consumption with him. Aleix was absent because we wanted to give him the time to make a full recovery from the injury he suffered in Australia. His performance in Valencia both during the weekend and during tests are a testament to his self-denial for this project. I can’t wait to get back to work with him after the winter break.” 

FAUSTO GRESINI – TEAM MANAGER 

“This was an important test to verify important parts in view of 2018 and to give Scott a chance to get to know the bike. Our goal was not pure performance but despite that, we were able to achieve a good pace. Going into the winter break with good sensations is fundamental. The guys at Aprilia are working on the new bike and I am sure that we will begin the new season at an outstanding level. Aleix was missing, but we preferred to let him rest and have him at full fitness for the beginning of the next tests.”