ALEIX AND BRADLEY TRYING TO FIND GRIP
The biggest concern for the riders on the first day of practice in Barcelona was, from the start, the difficulty finding the right level of traction. It is a particularly demanding situation in preparing for the race, where the bike/tyres package setup must provide the most consistent performance possible.
In any case, the Aprilia riders managed to improve their pace significantly between the two sessions, with Aleix less than three tenths of a second from the top 10, despite being unable to do a true flying lap. Bradley shaved more than half a second off his time between FP1 and FP2, focusing on pace, as the two long runs he did during the afternoon session demonstrate.