Estoril Test, Day 1 – Quotes 250cc

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Mike Di Meglio 1.42.011 (58 laps)
“I was able to get a good a good laptime very quickly, 42,5. We then started to test a lot of things, but we didn’t find any improvements and little by little I became slower. So I sat down with the mechanics and we came to the conclusion that we were going in the wrong direction. I decided go out again in the evening to do some final test laps with a new configuration and in the first lap I already did 42.0. I felt really good on the bike and we still had some time to make an adjustment that improved the stability of the bike. I am very satisfied with the laptime of today, because this is a circuit that I don’t like so much and I believe that we are progressing considerably. Our work been has focused on the frame and I think that at the end of the day we found a pretty good setting that we can finalize tomorrow.”

Alvaro Bautista 1.42.056 (65 laps):
“I believe that since the operation I had enough time to recover, although you can’t train the position on the motorcycle at home or the tension of the brakings. The goal of this test was to return to ride the bike and to get a good rhythm with the Aprilia. Today we tried several solutions for the electronics of both bikes and it seems that we have found what we’ve been looking for. It had my doubts, but as the session went on, I have been better every time I was out although slowly but surely my collarbone got very tired. Our aim is to be one hundred percent fit for the first race and this test is simply to take small steps. I am not completely fit as I would like, but it is necessary to have patience and not to want to do more than is possible. In any case, we still have tomorrow to continue getting some confidence and also there is the Jerez test coming up where we have good references from this winter.”

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