MOTOGP SILVERSTONE 2015 - PREVIEW

MOTOGP SILVERSTONE 2015 - PREVIEW

MotoGP

AFTER BAUTISTA AND BRADL'S GOOD RESULT AT BRNO THE APRILIA RS-GPs ARE ON THE TRACK TO CONFIRM THEIR PROGRESS

Silverstone (UK), 25 August 2015 - MotoGP will take on the fast and demanding Silverstone circuit this weekend, one of the temples of world championship motorsports.

In the last GP at Brno, for the first time in this rookie season, both of the Aprilia RS-GP machines finished the race in the points. It was an encouraging result for Bautista, Bradl and the entire Aprilia Racing Team Gresini who now have the responsibility of making sure the MotoGP project continues to grow consistently.

ROMANO ALBESIANO (Aprilia Racing Manager)

“The Brno race was a positive round in our MotoGP opening season and apprenticeship, but it could have gone even better since Bautista had the pace to move up a few more positions. It's no surprise. From the start of the championship we have been improving in the races and in practice, so we need to try to improve on Friday and Saturday. In order to have a shot at better placements we need to start farther forward on the grid. We have a chance to do this, thanks in part to Bradl's contribution which is now helping us to improve more quickly.”

FAUSTO GRESINI (Team Manager)

“The round in the Czech Republic provided us with some interesting data on several fronts: on one hand Bautista had a good feeling with a new frame, finishing an excellent race, and on the other hand Bradl showed that he knows how to take full advantage of his RS-GP's potential, especially in the qualifiers, confirming that he and Alvaro are able to make a fundamental contribution to the project's development. At Silverstone we expect both riders to be able to give the work we've accomplished up to now a bit more of a nudge forward. The result at Brno confirms that we have taken some steps forward: having both bikes finish in the points is a goal that we hope to repeat often.”

ALVARO BAUTISTA

“Silverstone is a very fast track where I have ridden some good races in the past. We are basically starting from scratch again because it is a track where we have never tested so we don't have any references to go on. In any case, after the good feelings in Brno we are really stoked for this round and ready to continue our work developing the project. Speaking of which, we'll continue using the new frame we tested in the Czech Republic. We'll try to start the weekend off well straight away, working to improve the bike's setup and my feeling in the saddle. The track has a lot of fast direction changes and the weather is always quite unstable, so we'll need to be ready for any eventuality.”

STEFAN BRADL

“I can't wait to get back on the track. The result we achieved in Brno really motivated the entire team and I will also be able to start the weekend in better physical condition. I have had time to rest up and do some physical therapy, so I hope that in Silverstone I won't have to mention the problems with my right wrist any more. I like the layout of the track, although we'll need to work hard to do well with the many fast direction changes. Our priority for this round will once again be to improve our consistency in terms of performance over race distance.”