With a brief private test before the IRTA MOTOGP Test in Qatar, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders are filled with confidence and positive expectations of the All new Aprilia RS-GP MOTOGP Machine which is barely a month old.
Alvaro Bautista and his German team mate Stefan Bradl with Aprilia Racing Team Gresini were able to begin working properly during the Qatar Test for the first time. Although they worked on improving the bike, they were not close to pushing the 2016 RS-GP to its limit in order to avoid any reliability problems. Bautista was still able to set the 18th fastest time and finish ahead of two satellite Hondas and a GP14.2 while his Bradl finished as the 21st fastest still both riders expressed gained confidence over the three days.Unlike the RS-GP of last year which was built on the WorldSBK RSV4 Bike, the 2016 RS-GP is an all-new-bike and is showing more prospects for both the riders and the Aprilia Factory
As we await the 20th of March to see the RS-GP in the 2016 MotoGP season opening conquest in Qatar, this is what the riders had to say after the IRTA MotoGP Tests in Qatar;
Alvaro Bautista: “Basically these were the first real three days with this bike since the private tests last week were used to sort out the bike and verify that everything was working properly. Now we are getting to know the bike, thanks in part to the many small changes that we have consistently made to see how it would react. Today I gained confidence and we were able to lap a lot and get a very positive feeling because the more laps I took the more I improved, becoming more and more comfortable with the bike. This is a very important aspect because we are still far from 100% and we have plenty of room for improvement. We are on the right path. The bike is lighter, it has better traction, it is more stable and it is a lot more nimble in direction changes. We need to continue on this path, even in the first races where we’ll have the chance to continue working on comprehension and development.”
Stefan Bradl: “The last day was really productive for us. I was able to put in a lot of laps without running into those small problems that often slow down work on a completely new bike. I also got in various sessions with a several laps in a row to prepare for the race weekend and everything worked rather well. We focused above all on the front end of the bike to improve the feeling, managing to find a few benefits, but unfortunately we didn’t have the time to work on the rear, so we’ll start from there during on race weekend. We are on the right path. Now we just need to stay calm and keep working this way.”