WITH BRADL'S TENTH PLACE AND BAUTISTA'S ELEVENTH, APRILIA CONTINUES TO COLLECT IMPORTANT POINTS AT AUSTIN
After the Aprilia RS-GP machines' positive performance in Argentina, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin also confirmed how the Italian project is growing. With Stefan Bradl's tenth place and Alvaro Bautista's eleventh in Texas, this makes five finishes in the points in the first 3 races of the season.
But the end result, also favoured by a few crashes, is not the only reason for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini to be proud. A good start by Alvaro Bautista, skilfully moving up no less than five positions on the first corner, allowed the Spanish rider to move into fourteenth place with a good pace. However, as occurred in all of the races held so far, Alvaro was the innocent victim of contact with another rider that forced him to ride a comeback race from nineteenth place, something he did steadfastly until six laps from the end, when tyre wear began to take its toll.
Stefan Bradl built a solid race, capitalising well on the settings found during the practice sessions, as well as his particular familiarity with the American track. Especially in the middle portion of the race, the German rider demonstrated excellent speed, making up ground on his rivals. In the finale Stefan managed his advantage skilfully, avoiding any pointless risks and finishing (tenth) for the second time in a row in the top 10.