Alvaro Bautista just misses out on QP2 twice

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Alvaro Bautista

The Aprilia RS-GP machines, after an encouraging season start, demonstrated progress in terms of pure performance in the first European round at Jerez.

The quickest to benefit was Alvaro Bautista, who just missed getting into QP2 twice. The first time was in the last practice session that decided the order (FP3) when he finished with the 11th best time at 1’39.935, just 48 thousandths behind the tenth place time which would have qualified him directly for QP2, and keeping the gap behind the front runner to less than 7 tenths. Then in QP1 Alvaro finished in third place (1’40.239), just missing out on the last spot that would have “promoted” him to QP2 by 24 hundredths of a second. His disappointed for the missed opportunity is mitigated by his spot on the fifth row of the starting grid (13th place), earned with the best qualifiers yet astride the Aprilia.

Alvaro Bautista
“We have been working well since this morning both on the chassis and the electronics, also mounting the wings that we need, because in this category with such close gaps, every detail is important. Already in free practice this morning I was pleased and I came really close to qualifying for QP2. We tried the same changes in the afternoon, also testing harder tyres, and it went well again. We improved the overall sensation and our pace. In short, it was a positive day. Maybe in QP1 I could have done a bit better, but these are definitely my best qualifiers yet with Aprilia. The race will be difficult because tyre performance will drop, so we’ll need to look after them well from the beginning, but this is my home race and I want to do well!”

Source – Aprilia Racing

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