Aprilia's works team are looking for confirmation of their speed at the Argentine MotoGP round after Aleix Espargaro’s superb sixth place in Qatar.
The Spaniard finished only seven seconds behind Dani Pedrosa, which exceeded all expectations. “We knew we started from a good base but Aleix did a fantastic race,” confesses Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing boss. “Things went better than what we expected. Now we keep on working to improve the machine in terms of performance on the single lap.”
Aprilia has a long records of building race bikes and the RS-GP is their first MotoGP entry to be completely built in Noale (the Cube was equipped with a Cosworth engine). The new RS-GP confirmed its competitiveness over a race distance – but the performance on a single lap in qualifying is an aspect that the Italian engineers are focusing on.
“The RS-GP looks to have good balance so we ask for a confirmation at Termas,” continues Albesiano. “We will keep on working also on the bike set up and the electronics. The Argentinian racetrack suits our machine. It’s fast and the engine can make the difference. It’s also suits Espargaro’s riding style.
“Regarding Sam, he needs to keep on his adaptation process to the new machine. We have no doubts about his talent, he need to ride as his knows, without feeling too much the pressure of the race weekend.”
“I was a bit nervous in Qatar for my first MotoGP race,” admits Lowes. “Now it’s under our belt and I’m very motivated. The first race was very important because we took a lot of information. I understood a few things about the bike and I did my best lap at the end. The bike in fact is really good on tyres and this point we can use in our advantage.
“We know where we are. I should have been in a different position already so I look at making another step forward. I like the track in Argentina, I finished second last year and I look forward to race on Sunday. According t the weather forecast it should be good, except for today…”