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Aprilia has completed two days of testing at Misano World Circuit with a line up of current Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl as well as the two development team RS-GP machines, which will be contested next year by our own Sam Lowes, currently contesting Moto2 and former 125 world champion Mike di Meglio.

Bautista and Bradl carried out tests including changes to chassis, electronics and tyres. The riders tried new Michelin options too.

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Lowes spent the two days getting to gripson the Aprilia RS-GP bike whilst di Meglio worked through a testing programme that included sessions changing the bike’s gearbox, clutch and the cooling system as well as electronics and other settings.

Lowes said: “For me this was a very good test, because we got to the point of also starting to do some tests, beyond simply getting to know the Aprilia RS-GP. It is never easy to get off the Moto2 bike and get on the MotoGP machine.

“The first day I tend to take some less than perfect lines for the way these bikes should be ridden, but the second day, even looking at the telemetry, I get close to the style of the other riders. At the end of the day the gap is not bad at all. The potential of the bike is definitely high and I am more and more happy to be part of this project.”

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Bautista added: “These were two rather physically demanding days after the two races in a row. In any case, we did a great job, starting from checks on a swingarm that we had already tested but that needed further verification.

“We made some changes on the chassis and the setup, both for the race on this circuit and for other tracks, gathering a lot of information that we will analyse thoroughly now. We also tested two new front tyres from Michelin, giving the techs some good indications. Overall there were some positive responses and some not so positive, but after each test we definitely have a clearer idea of which way to go in development.”

 

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Tony Carter

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