"The result in Aragón certainly gave us a nice boost. We are headed to this tour with high morale. However, we need to be realists. We know that it will not be easy for us in Thailand. In any case, it is important to keep working to finish out this season well and, above all, to give the engineers material to work with for the new Aprilia RS-GP."
AFTER THE NICE RESULT IN ARAGÓN, APRILIA TAKES ON THE FIRST ROUND IN THAILAND
With the Aragón result filed away satisfactorily, Aprilia takes on the first round of the MotoGP Far East tour. The final European GP was the best weekend of this season for the RS-GP machines: Espargaró and Iannone through to Q2 and then, in the race, Aleix’s seventh place just five seconds from the podium and Andrea’s eleventh place despite pain in his shoulder that had kept him from racing in Misano just a week prior.
However, the first overseas round at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram (Thailand) poses a new challenge for the Italian bikes on asphalt that has proven to be demanding for riders and mechanics. The high temperatures combined with a unique layout require a particular fine tuning which is a compromise between the stability required by the fast initial part and the agility that is so essential on the turns.
"We have a series of important races ahead of us on very different tracks. We will continue our work and we know that we still need to improve a lot. Because of the characteristics of the track, we already know that the race in Thailand will be a hard one for us, but it is precisely for this reason that it could also be an important opportunity to work on our weak points."