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.
“The conditions today were truly difficult. This morning in warm up I did not feel good, but we made a few important changes to the RS-GP and in the early part of the race the feeling was decidedly better. Then I began to have problems with the front tyre before the crash. It's a shame because we have not been able to demonstrate our true potential for a few races now. I am disappointed, but I have not lost my spirit or the desire to continue fighting.”
“I can't be pleased about how the race ended, but on the track I was able to be competitive. I battled, overtook, maintained a good pace and the RS-GP worked brilliantly on the wet track. When the amount of water on the track began to go down, the front didn't give me the same confidence. I tried to slow down too, but I wasn't able to avoid the crash. Despite the result, the race is still incentive to give me confidence that I hope to take advantage of in Aragón where I won my last race in Moto2.”
ROMANO ALBESIANO - APRILIA RACING MANAGER
“First of all, I would like to say a few words about Sam, who was moving up in the order and had gotten into the top ten. A great result was definitely within his potential. It's too bad about his crash, but today the conditions were very treacherous and unfortunately they also led to Aleix's crash. We need to keep hanging in there, even if recently we haven't reaped much, we are sowing well. The potential is there and we are determined to demonstrate it soon with a good result.”
FAUSTO GRESINI - TEAM MANAGER
“The race was held in very difficult conditions and it was easy to fall victim to a crash - something that unfortunately happened to both our riders. We could have brought home a nice double top ten finish, because Sam was demonstrating good competitiveness today. In any case, I would like to thank the riders and the entire team for their great efforts. We will keep working as hard as possible to stay with the leaders more and more often.”