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APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – Indianapolis Grand Prix, Free Practice

APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI - Indianapolis Grand Prix, Free Practice



Indianapolis (USA), 7 August  2015 – The first day of practice at Indianapolis for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini had Stefan Bradl making his debut astride the RS-GP, which the German rider will ride in the remaining races of the season. The first laps, straight away on a race weekend, allowed Bradl to gain familiarity with the bike and the team, limiting himself to making small changes in the setup. A lot of attention was focused on ergonomics, the position of the footpegs amd the handlebar as well as the conformation of the saddle in order to find a comfortable triangulation. The opinion at the end of the first day is definitely positive: Stefan found a serious bike with predictable reactions, particularly liking the electronics amd the seamless gearbox. His twentieth final time, two seconds behind the top time, is as encouraging as his improvement of about 1.5 seconds between the two sessions.

Alvaro Bautista is continuing his development work, bringing to the track his usual professional determination. After an initial session to size up the situation, testing the new asphalt and identifying a base setup, in the afternoon session Alvaro and his team began searching for better traction and solutions to improve performance in turns. The last lap on new tyres should have provided an idea as to the level the Aprilia RS-GP had reached but his efforts went up in smoke due to the traffic that characterises the end of every session. There is a lot of data to be analysed and Alvaro’s path towards improvement will pick up from here tomorrow.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

“It was a good start for Bradl. He found a good pace straight away. Making a debut directly on a race weekend is really quite a complicated thing but he did a great job. He is very analytical in the way he describes the way the bike performs. Alvaro was unfortunately slowed by traffic on his lap with a new tyre and that keeps us from making an accurate assessment of his performance. In any case I expect that it is up to the same standards as recent races.”


“We can be satisfied with this first day because Stefan performed bery well straight away in his debut on the RS-GP, providing some positive feedback. Alvaro also did a good job and the fact that he was unable to improve in the afternoon session was basically because he was slowed down in his final attempts at a flying lap. We have strengthened the team without a doubt and today was certainly a good start. Now we just need to stay focused and work on the bike with a view to the future.”


“This morning we began our work which was supposed to continue in the afternoon,  in particular looking for more grip on the rear and a way to make the RS-GP perform better all around . We tried a few solutions that helped, whereas a new swingarm didn’t give us the results we had expected . I went back to the setting I was most comfortable with and I went out with just a few minutes left in the second session , but in the two laps I took I ran into a lot of traffic and was unable to take advantage of my tyres. Tomorrow we’ll keep going in this direction as we need to improve the setup .”


“I’m very happy with the work we did today. This morning I took on an entirely new situation: I was able to see how very professional the team is and that gave me a lot of confidence. Obviously it’s still early to make any kind of real assessment with just two sessions under our belts but the work done today was definitely positive and the bike’s basic performance is good so I’m pleased.  . We still have a lot of work ahead of us: tomorrow we’ll have to try and stay focused because we’ll need to continue working on a lot of aspects but I think we will be able to improve going forward step by step.  I will also need to be careful because I am still feeling a bit of pain in my right wrist which in any case is not bothering my riding at the moment. I hope it doesn’t get worse but it won’t be easy anyway because I’ve been out of the saddle for six weeks.”

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