BOTH APRILIA RS-GP MACHINES IN THE POINTS FOR THE FIRST TIME
AT BRNO ALVARO BAUTISTA FINISHED THIRTEENTH AHEAD OF STEFAN BRADL
Brno (Czech Republic), 16 August 2015 - Another notch in the Aprilia path of progress with both Bautista (13th) and Bradl (14th) finishing the Brno race in the points. This is a first for this début season. The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders rode an impeccable race after a good start which was undermined by the battle in the first turns.
Alvaro Bautista got off the line well when the lights went out, immediately moving up a few positions. Unfortunately, the usual battles in the first turns penalised him and he was forced to slow down a few times to keep from running off the track. In twenty-second place at the end of the first lap, Alvaro stayed focused and found his pace, recovering ground with each lap and putting times on the sheets that would have kept him just behind the top-10. His thirteenth place finish therefore leaves a few regrets for the Spanish rider who is comforted by the improvement that his technical package demonstrated over this weekend.
Stefan Bradl is also pleased with the result. Riding an outstanding race, the German rider gave up a position in the final stages of the race to his team mate who had a better pace. His hurting wrist obviously did not help Bradl's performance, especially in the final laps. Stefan's goal is still to find a more consistent race pace after showing that he has the speed he needs in the qualifying.