FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN AUSTIN FOR THE GP OF THE AMERICAS

FIRST DAY OF PRACTICE IN AUSTIN FOR THE GP OF THE AMERICAS

MotoGP

AFTER A GOOD FIRST SESSION WITH BOTH RIDERS IN THE TOP TEN, APRILIA FINISHES WITH ALEIX 14TH AND ANDREA 18TH

The European rounds of the 2019 MotoGP season are just around the corner, but the Circuit of the Americas in Texas remains to be tackled first. The more than 5.5 kilometres of American asphalt will put teams and riders to a hard test, especially with the particular characteristics of the layout and a rather bumpy surface.

The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will stay at the CoTA on the Monday after the race as well for a day of private testing with Aleix Espargaró and Andrea Iannone in order to consolidate the growth progress that the RS-GP machines demonstrated in the first two races of 2019.

The Spanish rider will be arriving in Texas encouraged by his ninth place in the rider standings, a result that Aleix has built thanks to two solid performances in Qatar and Argentina, both top-ten finishes, which is also the primary goal in Texas. Andrea Iannone is aiming to rediscover the good feeling with the RS-GP and the consistent growth he had shown during the Qatar weekend and on the first day of practice at Termas de Rio Hondo.

ALEIX ESPARGARO' 

“The asphalt is a disaster. It is very bumpy. On the corners it can be managed with difficulty, but the real problem is on the straight where, at more than three hundred km/h, you risk losing control of the bike. It is really very dangerous. This is MotoGP, not motocross. Our problem is that we are unable to get the most out of the new tyre. I feel like I am in great shape and I also have a good race pace. We know that this is certainly not the best circuit for us. I give it my all, riding aggressively, but we are unable to exploit the grip of the new tyre. With used tyres, we are always around sixth or seventh place, but when we all put on the tyre to do the time, we lose a lot of positions.”

ANDREA IANNONE 

“The positive side of today is that we assessed the various tyre choices for the race, identifying the ones that seem to work better. This morning, we were rather competitive, whereas in the second session, we were unable to exploit the soft tyres on the flying lap and that kept us from improving. We need to maintain our concentration and stay calm, because getting the most out of the technical package we have available to us is fundamental.”

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