MOTOGP PHILLIP ISLAND 2015 - FREE PRACTICE

MOTOGP PHILLIP ISLAND 2015 - FREE PRACTICE

MotoGP

MOTOGP – FIRST DAY AT PHILLIP ISLAND
ON THE FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN AUSTRALIA BAUTISTA AND BRADL ARE ON THE HUNT FOR THE BEST TYRE SOLUTIONS

Phillip Island (Australia), 16 October 2015 - Busy with a track that is brand new to the Aprilia RS-GP, both Bautista and Bradl spent the first day of free practice at Phillip Island searching for the best tyre solutions. The exciting Australian track, with its fast turns, is a particularly demanding test bench for the entire Aprilia Racing Team Gresini which, in this rookie year in MotoGP, is tackling races on tracks with drastically different characteristics, building up the experience needed to develop the project. Both riders improved between FP1 and FP2 and at the end of the day, also characterised by rain showers that ended the first session early, they finished in 19th (Bautista with 1’31,260) and 21st (Bradl with 1’31,577) place.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

“This is a new track for our bike and it is vastly different from the last track we took on in Japan. Today we focused a lot on tyre related testing with both riders as this is a track where tyres are particularly stressed. Now the teams will analyse the data to solve the main problem of poor grip. I hope the weather doesn't hold any surprises and that the results of what we are testing now can be used throughout the weekend."

FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)

“Phillip Island is always an extremely demanding track. There isn't a very big gap but we'll need to work hard to reduce rear wheel slip. In any case we are confident for tomorrow, when we'll be looking for a setup that will allow us to be more effective, especially from this point of view.”

ALVARO BAUTISTA

“This is a very particular track where you have to be very careful choosing the tyres, so today we worked on that more than on the bike's settings. In particular we tested the asymmetrical front tyre and it seems to provide some advantages compared to the soft tyre, so we'll keep that in mind as a good option for the race. We did a lot of comparison testing on the rear between the hard and soft tyres. The hard one seems to be a bit more consistent and stable although it doesn't perform quite as well at the beginning. Tomorrow we'll continue our work to see how much the advantages that the soft tyre offers at the beginning can compensate for the wear later on.”

STEFAN BRADL

“The first session in the morning wasn't very significant because of the weather conditions. In the afternoon, on the other hand, the situation was more stable but from the very first laps on the track I could feel a lack of grip at the rear. There is a lot of spinning coming out of turns so I'm not able to accelerate as I'd like to. We are not using the full potential of the tyres and even though we tried a different one at the end of the second session it was hard to improve on our times. In any case we improved the feeling with the front end and no we'll analyse the data collected today so we can make improvements tomorrow.”