CONSISTENT PERFORMANCE REWARDS APRILIA AT LE MANS
ALVARO BAUTISTA AND STEFAN BRADL IN THE TOP 10
At Le Mans Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl rode both of the Aprilia RS-GP machines into the top 10 thanks to shrewd performance that allowed them to capitalise on various crashes. After avoiding pointless risks on a treacherous first corner, both riders focused hard on the track and set a rather incisive pace, especially in the middle portion of the long French race.
Bautista in particular made up quite a few positions after finding himself in 21st place, both due to a few of his rivals crashing and thanks to a series of fast laps. The Spanish rider remained calm despite a crash in the warm up that conditioned the final tweaking operations, able to use the bike in the best possible configuration at the start thanks to the hard work of the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini mechanics in the garage. The ninth place finish is to Alvaro's merit on a track that proved to be rather demanding throughout the weekend.
After a good start, Stefan Bradl lost a few seconds during the tenth lap due to contact with another rider. The German rider skilfully recovered, staying behind his teammate until the chequered flag came out, crossing the wire in tenth place. This is a result that places him in an excellent twelfth position for the overall rider standings.