Alvaro Bautista’s RS-GP machine on the seventh row in the Argentina GP
The drop in temperature the riders had hoped for came about, but only in the morning sessions at Termas de Río Hondo. In fact, during the qualifiers that decided the starting grid order, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders had to deal with conditions much like yesterday, with very little grip.
Alvaro Bautista was a bit further back than his teammate Stefan Bradl, unable to find the right feeling in the decisive laps, finishing on the seventh row. For the Spanish rider the goal for tomorrow will be to build on the hard work done thus far in terms of race pace.
“The qualifying did not go as I had hoped. This morning we made a few changes that I liked and I had a good pace. In FP4, on the other hand, with the higher temperature I couldn’t find the same feeling. I struggled quite a bit with the rear and stability. I expected that I would be able to go faster in qualifying, but in any case we need to remember that we’re discovering a new bike little by little so the sudden change in conditions between the morning and the afternoon created some problems for us. We have a lot of work left to do. The race is tomorrow and we need to improve the feeling as much as possible.”
Source – Aprilia Racing