"Right now, we have difficulty in acceleration. The bike is not stable and the extremely bumpy asphalt certainly does not help. Looking at the times, we are just a few tenths outside the top 10, but I am able to keep that pace only for a few laps and riding at the limit - conditions that cannot be replicated in the race. It is shaping up to be a hard weekend for us, but we need to work non-stop to find some solutions that will help us."
ESPARGARÓ 16TH AND REDDING 20TH AT THE END OF THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE AT SILVERSTONE
The doubts concerning the condition of the English asphalt at Silverstone that had been raised on the eve of the MotoGP weekend were confirmed by the first two practice sessions, where both Aprilia riders paid the price for the instability generated by the bumps in terms of times. The characteristics of the track, combined with the particularly low temperatures, did not help Aleix Espargaró and Scott Redding to find the right rhythm and this is a situation that the team mechanics will be trying to mitigate for the qualifiers tomorrow.
"With these low temperatures, we are really struggling to get the tyres up to temp. I used the soft front for this reason, but unfortunately it moves around a lot. The bumps make the bike twitchy. I am unable to ride smoothly and find the right rhythm. Tomorrow I should be using the new evolution of the engine that we tested in Misano, so we'll see if that, along with other changes, will help me improve."