Aprilia Racing Team people talk about the oncoming sport season.
ALEIX ESPARGARO' - OFFICIAL RIDER - #41
"The first tests of this new season were positive. I was fast, I feel at ease astride the 2019 RS-GP. From a human point of view, I have at my disposal one of the best teams of my career. We have a lot of work to do, but I cannot help being optimistic. With the arrival of Andrea, Bradley and Massimo, we are definitely stronger, I can't wait to start the first race in Qatar."
ANDREA IANNONE - OFFICIAL RIDER - #29
"We are faced with a big challenge. The match of Aprilia with an Italian rider always creates certain expectations, so it’s up to use to channel that into positive pressure. I approached preparation for 2019 calmly. In this sport, teamwork is fundamental and get caught up being in a rush. We improved at every outing and, to be honest, I was surprised at how quickly the guys at Aprilia changed the project based on my requests between Jerez and Sepang. We need to keep going like this, improving step by step. The right feeling is there."
BRADLEY SMITH - OFFICIAL TESTER - #38
"Starting my new role as a test rider has been very interesting. I really enjoy the analytical side of MotoGP and I have already learnt so much working closely with the team. The shakedown in Malaysia went well, I'm satisfied that both riders were able to benefit from all the work over the winter and immediately found a good feeling with the new RS-GP. The goal for the Aprilia Test Team and I is to drive the development forward and of course I'd like to edge closer to the pace of Aleix and Andrea in my wildcard appearances. We have great potential, and I'm looking forward to the new season."
MASSIMO RIVOLA - APRILIA RACING CEO
"It’s always risky to talk about expectations before a new season, but it is only natural when it’s an award-winning racing department like Aprilia Racing. Our trophy case in and of itself demands constant growth, a collective effort to arrive at a competitive level in MotoGP as well. On my arrival, I found a group with no lack of skill and passion, as well as extraordinary loyalty to the team colours which will be a fundamental part of our project. We can count on two extraordinarily talented riders who, although very different from one another, share the same extraordinary passion for this sport. It is no exaggeration to think of us as a ‘David’ against the giants of world motorcycle racing and I have no problem with this comparison since, in the end, David triumphed."
ROMANO ALBESIANO - APRILIA RACING TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
"The final part of last season and the winter tests were fundamental from a technical point of view. The arrival of Andrea and Bradley added new information to Aleix’s fundamental contribution, helping us to define the RS-GP’s line of evolution. This is a project that has come to fruition this season, with an overall improvement in every aspect. A lot of work was done on making it lighter. We made changes to the chassis architecture and electronics management, leaving room for further advancements that will be done constantly throughout the season. The reorganization of the racing department and the reinforcement of the test team were two key factors in preparation over the winter, allowing us to streamline processes and have more precise data analysis. These are essential aspects in MotoGP these days."