Alvaro Bautista satisfied with Qatar practice times
On the Losail track, in preparation for the Qatar GP that will kick off the MotoGP World Championship on Sunday, the second day of practice was held with two sessions today, FP2 and FP3.
Aprilia has the new RS-GP bikes on the grid for their maiden race weekend and they have continued to improve their times session after session. In the three sessions held yesterday and today, the Aprilia V4 machines demonstrated consistent progress on the clock both with Bautista (1’57.129 – 1’57.012 – 1’56.749), and with teammate Bradl. This is good feedback for a project that is taking its first steps with margins for improvement that are still just waiting to be discovered.
Bautista put in a total of 34 laps today, confirming the increasing reliability of the RS-GP, a first step on which to set up development in terms of performance as well.
“We’re working nonstop trying to find the best sensations in the saddle. The bike is so new that we discover something new on every lap. The results today are that, in terms of race pace I’m rather satisfied. The pace is good with a used tyre. When we tried to improve times with a new tyre we were lacking on the fast lap. Basically I had the same feeling that I had with the tyre that had done 22 laps. In any case, we are achieving our goal, which is to get in as many laps as possible to streamline development”.
Source – Aprilia Racing