ALEIX ESPARGARÓ: “A STEP FORWARD AND A LOT OF DATA TO WORK ON”
The MotoGP riders and teams remained in Jerez de la Frontera per a day of official tests characterized by weather conditions extremely similar to those found yesterday during the fourth race of the 2017 season. The things that needed to be verified included bike and tyre performance with high temperatures, as well as solutions aimed at preparing for the upcoming European rounds.
It was a productive and positive day for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, busy with their continued development of the RS-GP. Aleix Espargaró, fresh from his solid top-10 finish yesterday, worked on the settings and on the new Michelin tyre options, in addition to testing the performance of a new swingarm and the front downforce fairing. Some very good times came out of the tests and the overall information collected was positive. The Spanish rider did a total of 69 laps and he did his best one in 1'38.999 (fourth best of the day). Aleix's pace was also good in some rather demanding conditions for bike and tyres.
Sam Lowes is also satisfied, able to find the pace he had demonstrated during practice at Jerez. He and his team had some important confirmation today, with his best lap in 1'40.572 out of a total of 64 laps done.