Alvaro Bautista and Marco Melandri took to the track on the new V4 Factory Aprilia Gresini livery featuring its pneumatic valve engine at Jerez ahead of the 2015 Season.
The outing marked the second for Aprilia, with the first having been the opening pre-season test which came immediately after the Grand Prix of Valencia. On this occasion the weather affected the course of the testing programme, especially on the final day, with continuous bursts of rain which ensured the track was constantly wet.
For the first time, the riders were able to get a feel for the new V4 engine, complete with pneumatic valve technology. The engine is more powerful than its predecessor and debuted on Wednesday, as on the first day Aprilia had focused on electronics and setups. Bautista completed 131 laps over the course of the three days, with a best lap time of 1’40.6. Melandri put in 123 laps and his best time came in the form of 1’41.5.
The Aprilia riders will regroup as testing resumes in Malaysia on 4th February.