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APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI – Austria Friday

APRILIA’S GOOD TREND IN AUSTRIA CONTINUES
ALEIX FIFTH IN THE COMBINED STANDINGS ON FRIDAY

Aleix and Aprilia’s good feeling in Austria continues on the second race weekend as well. On a two-sided Friday, the Italian/Spanish duo demonstrated speed and determination, taking fifth place in the combined rankings. This means yet another provisional Q2 in this exciting season. As we all know, Lorenzo Savadori is missing in action this weekend, still recovering from the injury he suffered in last Sunday’s race.
In the FP1 session held on dry asphalt, although not turning a lot of laps due to a problem which was subsequently resolved, Aleix was still able to do some outstanding times, finishing with a promising fifth place.

A few minutes before FP2, a heavy downpour wet the track down, so all the riders began the session on rain tyres. Even in these conditions, Aleix remained in the high end of the standings, finishing in third overall, but first among those riders who did not put on slicks as the track began to dry out toward the end.

This means that the end result is fifth place in the combined standings, which is a provisional guarantee of going straight through to the second qualifying session (Q2).

ALEIX ESPARGARO’
“I’m satisfied with the way we began this weekend. This morning, despite having lost a few minutes, I was still able to find a good pace. I’m particularly pleased with the level we demonstrated in the wet, which is a situation where I wasn’t so incisive last week. We also made some changes to the balance of the RS-GP and I must say that the feeling is very good on damp asphalt too. Tomorrow it will be essential to work well on qualifying; overtaking is no simple thing for us here, so a spot on the front two rows would be ideal to aim for an important race result.”