"Without a doubt, this is a great day on a good track for me and for Aprilia. I felt good from the very beginning in the various conditions. In qualifying I did a lap that was really at the limit. I pushed hard, taking some risks, but in the end, our starting position is very good. I am also confident for the race. In the simulations, we improved wear of the soft rear tyre and that could help us in the second half of the race. With the exception of Marc, I think that there are a lot of riders with a similar pace. Staying in the lead group will be important to then have a go in the finale. A good result before the far east tour would be a nice morale boost for me and for all the guys who work on this project."
ALEIX TO START FROM THE SECOND ROW (FIFTH), ANDREA GOES THROUGH TO Q2 DESPITE PAIN IN HIS SHOULDER.
NEVER BEFORE HAVE TWO APRILIAS STARTED SO FAR FORWARD IN MOTOGP.
"The starting position is good, but I could have done even better. Unfortunately, the pain in my shoulder intensified after three sessions in a row, so in Q2 I was unable to repeat the time I had done in Q1 that would have qualified me in eighth place. We will try to improve more for tomorrow. I am struggling in terms of grip and speed, even compared to Aleix, but in any case, I’ll give it my all in the race. Aprilia has a particular feeling on this track and it is a good chance to do well."
"A great day for the team, with both factory bikes in Q2 for the first time. For me, this promises to be a demanding race since I’ll have to start from quite far back, but I feel like I have a good pace. There are still a few ideas to try in the warm up session to shave off a few tenths. We’ll see what our potential will be in the race."