ALEIX ESPARGARÓ FORCED TO RETIRE WHILE BATTLING FOR A TOP-10 SPOT

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.

ALEIX ESPARGARO'
"It was a difficult weekend. Yesterday, even turning just a few laps, we showed that we can be fast. Today, especially early on in the race with a heavy fuel tank, I really struggled. Despite this, we were about to get into the top-10, which would have been a good result considering my physical conditions. I still don't know what happened. I saw an alarm on the dashboard and the engine switched off. It's a pity because these problems have cost us some good chances. Now I want to rest and be at 100% fitness for Misano."
SAM LOWES
"Obviously this was not the home GP that I had expected. The team did a brilliant job and the fans were fantastic. Unfortunately, in the race I made a mistake on turn 5. It was a low speed crash. I checked the telemetry data and the differences compared to the previous lap were really minimal. It's frustrating, but I am looking toward the coming races. We still have 6 more chances to improve. It's a pity for Aleix too because he definitely deserved a good result today."

ROMANO ALBESIANO - APRILIA RACING MANAGER
"First of all I would like to compliment Aleix. Today he was nothing less than heroic and he would have deserved a top-10 finish. Unfortunately there was a problem with the bike's electronics that switched off the engine and we are still investigating the cause. This weekend was definitely peculiar due to Aleix's critical physical conditions, but in terms of performance, we saw excellent signs of competitiveness."
FAUSTO GRESINI - TEAM MANAGER
"Today Aleix rode a great race. Given the problems, he really hung in there and he would have deserved the result. We need to improve, that much is certain, but it is also true that we are not particularly lucky. Unfortunately, when you are in a development phase where you also find yourself testing things in the race, problems can be encountered. I am comforted by the fact that, despite the physical and technical problems, we once again demonstrated good performance."