SCOTT REDDING AND EUGENE LAVERTY ON THE TRACK WITH THE RS-GP MACHINES FOR THREE DAYS AT JEREZ DE LA FRONTERA
Aprilia and the entire MotoGP circus are preparing for the winter break with the final tests of the season at Jerez de la Frontera. This is a stop only for track sessions, because the Noale racing department is already hard at work on the 2018 version of the RS-GP, the youngest project on the grid in the Grand Prix Motorcycle Racing premier class which demonstrated outstanding progress in the season that has just come to an end, progressively getting closer to the top positions, both in races and in practice.
Thanks to some fair weather, the three days on the Andalusian circuit were intense ones for Aprilia. The RS-GP machines were ridden on the track by Scott Redding, the new arrival on Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, and tester Eugene Laverty who was subbing for Aleix Espargaró, dealing with fatigue to the hand he had injured in Australia.
Redding, after his first approach in Valencia, used this final test of the season to explore the possible settings that the Italian bike offers. He especially simulated the inputs that will be incorporated in the next evolution of the RS-GP in terms of geometry and weight distribution. The British rider demonstrated a good feeling, increasingly more comfortable both astride the Aprilia MotoGP and with his team.
As soon as he got off the RSV4 Superbike version, Eugene Laverty stayed in Jerez to tackle the three days of testing with the RS-GP. Also followed trackside by his teammate Lorenzo Savadori, he had some very positive things to say about the bike, praising the significant evolution compared to the tests more than 12 months ago. Eugene tested various setup and electronics configurations, skilfully taking on the role of tester and providing further information to the team in view of the 2018 season.
At the end of the 3 days, Scott Redding turned 176 laps (best 1’38.778) and Eugene Laverty did 210 (best 1’39.537).