INTENSE DAY FOR BRADLEY SMITH
It sounds strange to call them the "opening practice sessions", since this is the second weekend in a row, not to mention a full day of testing, on the same asphalt. In any case, references must be recalculated, given the high competitiveness of a championship that comes down to the details.
Therefore, the work in Aleix’s garage focused not only on performance, which is very good in any case, considering his thirteenth time in the combined standings with ninth in FP1, but also on evaluating choices in view of the race. The 5-tenths gap behind the leader, without a true time attack in the afternoon, indicate outstanding solidity from the Spanish rider and his Aprilia RS-GP.
For Bradley, the first day was dedicated to verifying a few things, not only in terms of different components, but also concerning the reactions of a "fresh” engine. In any case, recalibration of the setup, chassis architecture and electronics is proceeding as scheduled, which will allow Bradley to find his pace tomorrow.