FIFTH ROW AND A GOOD PACE FOR STEFAN BRADL AT BRNO
ALVARO BAUTISTA ON THE SEVENTH ROW
At the end of the qualifying on the Brno Circuit, the Aprilia RS-GP machines ridden by Stefan Bradl and Alvaro Bautista took the fifth and seventh row on the starting grid, finishing respectively in fifteenth and nineteenth place.
In the two sessions that preceded Q1, Alvaro and Stefan continued the usual work on finding the best setup for the race tomorrow. Both riders demonstrated good progress, especially on used tyres.
The decisive qualifying session had the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders on the track for a first attempt before launching an assault on the best spot on the grid with new tyres. Stefan put in his fast lap at 1'56.718, an improvement of 3 tenths compared with his performance in FP3, earning the third spot on the fifth row. Alvaro, on the other hand, had to interrupt his qualifying due to a technical problem, and was therefore forced to settle for the 19th position on the grid.
In any case, both Bradl and Bautista praised the work done during the two days of practice and they will be able to count on good race pace as they look forward to the race tomorrow with confidence. The weather is the unknown factor that could disrupt the team's plans, given the less than encouraging forecast.