MOTOGP - FIRST RACE OF THE SEASON FOR APRILIA
BAUTISTA: "LOSAIL IS A SPECIAL TRACK, IT WILL BE A DEMANDING WEEKEND”
BRADL: "WE NEED TO SET OUR SIGHTS ON CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT"
Losail (Qatar), 15 March 2016 – After the tests and the pre-season efforts, MotoGP 2016 will begin with the first race at Losail, Qatar. This is a special round, both because it marks the beginning of the season and because it will be held in the particular atmosphere created by the artificial lighting.
It will also be the first chance to see the new RS-GP 2016 in action during a race weekend, the new prototype developed entirely by Aprilia Racing to compete in the top world motorcycle racing championship. Feedback from the initial tests gave the project passing marks on all fronts, notwithstanding the wide margins for improvement that need to be worked on during the season. The official Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, immediately appreciated the potential of the new bike, not making any secret of the need for continuous work aimed at learning how it performs and exploring the way it reacts to the chassis and electronic setup changes.
Two other important changes for the current season must also be taken into consideration: the new Michelin tyres and the controlled electronics package with Magneti Marelli ECU and Dorna software. These are two fundamental elements that must be aligned with the characteristics of the new bike in order to define a competitive package.