Milwaukee Aprilia have completed two days of testing at the Jerez circuit in Spain, finishing the day in 2nd place
As the team continues to make progress with the new generation of Aprilia RSV4 RF, the test focused on setup and verification of 2017 development parts ahead of further testing at Portimao later this week.
Lorenzo Savadori, entering his second WorldSBK season, finished the day's running with a fantastic 2nd place just over 0.111s shy of the top. As he continues to hone the new Aprilia RSV4 RF to his style, the team are hoping to carry on the fast pace found today.
Rider Eugene Laverty was hit by another rider on the entry into Turn 1, resulting in a crash which finished his test early. Eugene will focus on recovery for the Portimao test this weekend.
Team Manager Mick Shanley: "It was a very bittersweet day for us in a way. Lorenzo is adapting really well to the team and to the 2017 RSV4 RF. We've worked through a lot of things with him so far and to finish second today is a really good result. He's achieved his personal best times here this week, and we've got a few new things for him to try.
Eugene struggled with some chatter during the course of the day and we've been working through that. He slowed towards the end of a run and unfortunately got struck by another rider, which caused a crash and ultimately cut his test short. He'll recover in time for Portimao and we'll keep working hard to develop the bike for him.
We'll have a good debrief tonight with the guys and put our plans into action, and we should be in place to head to Portimao in a good position".