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MOTOGP – LE MANS – PRACTICE

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FIRST DAY OF MOTOGP PRACTICE AT LE MANS FOR APRILIA

FIRST DAY OF MOTOGP PRACTICE AT LE MANS FOR APRILIA

It was a full practice schedule at Le Mans for Aprilia, busy on the track developing the RS-GP which, introduced just before the season opener, demands additional efforts from the mechanics and riders that go beyond simply looking for the best lap times. In the first two sessions today, Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl worked intensely on both testing the new materials that were introduced at Jerez (and partially tested after the race on Monday at Mugello) and on assessing some changes in the tyre options.

Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will focus their efforts on pure performance tomorrow after the usual analysis of today’s activities, having all of the data collected at their fingertips to come up with a base configuration where setup is concerned.

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MOTOGP – LE MANS – QUALIFYING

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APRILIA ON THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROW WITH BRADL AND BAUTISTA IN THE LE MANS QUALIFYING

APRILIA ON THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH ROW WITH BRADL AND BAUTISTA IN THE LE MANS QUALIFYING

A race that promises to be rather heated will end the MotoGP weekend at Le Mans, a track that has proven to be demanding for the RS-GP with Bautista and Bradl having some difficulties getting its power onto the tarmac.

For this reason testing continued once again today in the Aprilia camp on various setup, chassis and electronics solutions, focusing especially on improving the feeling for the riders in the acceleration phase. Stefan Bradl stopped the clock with an encouraging thirteenth time in FP4, the last free practice session before qualifying, a positive sign for the race.

In qualifying, the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders placed on the sixth row with the seventeenth best time (Bradl) and in the nineteenth spot on the seventh row of the grid (Bautista). These are starting positions that, in any case, do not affect Stefan and Alvaro’s ambitions, highly motivated to bring home the best possible result in the race.

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GERMAN ENDURANCE – MOST

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ANOTHER WIN FOR APRILIA GREBENSTEIN.

ANOTHER WIN FOR APRILIA GREBENSTEIN.

Last weekend, the third Championship Race of the German Endurance Cup (DLC) was held in Most, Czech Republic. This time, it spanned a distance of 1000 km, which was covered by a rider line-up of Ralph Uhlig, Andy Scheffel and Jürgen Scheffel. After winning the last race in Oschersleben, the team wanted to defend its lead position in the championship or preferably strengthen it even further. The timed practice was scheduled for Sunday afternoon, but postponed until Monday morning, due to erratic weather conditions. On tracks that were still dry at the beginning, a drizzling rain kept setting in and, in the end, without too much risk taken, sixth place was obtained on the starting grid. Our first rider, Ralph Uhlig, got off to a superb start and immediately managed to take the lead position, which was steadily strengthened by our second rider, Jürgen Scheffel.

All three riders rode a flawless race and when the finish flag was waved, the second win of the season was sealed. This allowed the lead in the championship to be extended to over twenty points.

The next Championship Race will be held in Assen, the Netherlands, on 12 June.

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MOTOGP – LE MANS – RACE

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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.

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WSBK SEPANG 2016 – RACE 2

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Superbike at Sepang: best result of the season for De Angelis on Aprilia RSV4 RF in Race2

The second race of the Malaysian round of the Superbike saw Alex De Angelis get his best result of the season and Lorenzo Savadori cross the finish line in points.

The Superbike race got underway sunday in rain conditions, but not as intense as that which has delayed the start of the Supersport class before. In wet conditions, the Iodaracing Team riders that started from the third row (Lorenzo Savadori) and fifth line (Alex De Angelis), did their best not to lose sight of the riders in front, managing to stay in one group .

Lap by lap, Alex De Angelis has been particularly effective in managing the bike in the wet conditions, also fighting with Michael Van Der Mark and Tom Sykes, with his pace close to the front group. With the Dutch Honda rider, De Angelis battled until the last of the sixteen laps for the Superbike race, ending in seventh place.

A bit more difficult was the race of Lorenzo Salvadori, who has not found himself particularly at ease with his Aprilia RSV4RF the wet. The rider has nevertheless sought in every way to not get out of the points, ending his race in fourteenth place. At the end of the Malaysian round, the world championship standings see Lorenzo Savadori in tenth place with 66 points and Alex De Angelis in fourteenth place with 41 points.

The World Superbike will be back on track again May 27 for Round of the UK free practice at the iconic Donington Park.

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WSBK SEPANG 2016 – RACE 1

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Superbike at Sepang: unlucky Race1 for Savadori and De Angelis

It‘s over sooner than expected the first of two Malaysian Round races for Alex De Angelis and Lorenzo Salvadori.

After the qualification rounds SP1 and SP2, the race taken at 16.00 local time, saw Lorenzo Savadori start from the third row with the seventh fastest time and Alex De Angelis starting from the fifth row with the thirteenth time trial. Sadly the race ended early for both. De Angelis crashed on lap nine of the sixteen planned, while Savadori has he slipped one round later.

Both drivers have fallen by the sudden loss of front-end grip without previous signs. De Angelis crashed while fighting for the twelfth position, while Savadori has followed the same fate as his teammate one lap later while trying to climb the top ten.

After the first race in Sepang, the situation of the standings sees Lorenzo Savadori ninth with 64 points and Alex De Angelis sixteenth with 32 points.

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WSBK SEPANG 2016 – FREE PRACTICE

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Superbike at Sepang: Aprilia on top with Savadori after the first practices

The first day of practice at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia for the sixth weekend of the 2016 season in the Superbike races, was closed in very positive way for Aprilia thanks to the best absolute time clocked by Lorenzo Savadori at the end of FP2.

The novice rider in the Superbike and the Superstock 1000reignin Champion, is demonstrating a surprising ability to adapt to the new category evidencing a brilliant management of the sessions. Savadori has worked with the team to continuously improve the performance of his Aprilia RSV4RF, managing to get the best time just a few minutes left in the time available for FP2.

The rider of the Team Iodaracing that did not run in Malaysia since 2008, when he still ran in the 125 class, he got, in addition to direct access in Superpole 2, the best time on the new Sepang asphalt with 2.03.951. The good performance achieved in the “free practice” will not rest Iodaracing Team and Aprilia engineers who follow Savadori.

The priority now is to get a good position in SP2 and resolve difficulties in the second half of the race, as found in the previous rounds.

LORENZO SAVADORI
“Definitely see your name in front of all in the time sheet is very satisfying, and I entered immediately in Superpole 2 too on a track that had not raced for years and that for me is really unknown. But we must be realistic, we are doing our job for the race so my priority is to improve the second half of the race and this is the real challenge for us. I want to share my satisfaction for the best time of today with Iodaracing Team and Aprilia, and I want to say thanks to them for the work they are doing and for the help they are giving me sharing their big experience, especially here in Malaysia. For me this track is made even more treacherous by the new asphalt because in these conditions there is not a real line to follow, and then because I miss from Sepang since 2008, when I was racing in 125cc and riding the RSV4RF SBK, all is new for me here and having obtained the best time of the day is a great satisfaction”.

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MOTOGP – MUGELLO – PREVIEW

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MOTOGP – APRILIA AT THE FIRST HOME RACE

ALVARO BAUTISTA: “A DIFFICULT TRACK BUT TOP-10 IS POSSIBLE”
STEFAN BRADL: “SPECIAL TRACK AND SPECIAL FANS”

One of the most exciting tracks on the MotoGP calendar is the setting for the first Italian race, an incredible round and long awaited by the fans. The Mugello Circuit, nestled among the Tuscan hills, will also be the first home race for the Aprilia RS-GP 2016, a project that has grown consistently over the first five rounds of the season and that shows great room for improvement.

Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl will have some upgrades available to them, but above all they will be able to benefit from the hard work done during recent race weekends. In fact, thanks to the information gathered, they will be able to focus on finding the best setup solutions for their Aprilias, striving for the best possible result on a rather demanding track. The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini will therefore be attacking Mugello with an obvious dose of pressure, a positive element for an expert team working with a new and developing project.

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