Alvaro Bautista focuses on pace on day one at Misano
It was a day of hard work, especially focusing on comparisons of the different chassis, for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini.
Both Alvaro Bautista, testing radically different solutions, and Stefan Bradl, concentrating on the new frame, worked to find the best solutions for the qualifiers tomorrow and, above all, for the race on Sunday.
Both riders improved between FP1 and the afternoon session, Bautista by more than two tenths (19th with a time of 1’34,727) and Bradl by almost a second, finishing 21st with a time of 1’35,036.
“From the first session we tested two bikes with decidedly different settings and we found a few positive solutions. In the afternoon I continued working on the comparison even using a shorter bike but I wasn’t entirely convinced. Maybe it gave me a bit more grip but the bike became twitchier. That’s fine for a flying lap but thinking about race distance, even for tomorrow, I’ll make different choices.”