LOWES BACK ON MOTOGP APRILIA
While the Japanese manufacturers stayed on at Brno to test, their European-based rivals headed to Misano, with Ducati, KTM and Aprilia making the most of the Italian sunshine to enjoy four days on track with both racers and test riders.
Britain’s Sam Lowes got the opportunity to ride the Aprilia RS-GP machine once again. Having already completed two familiarisation tests on the machine, he says that this time he was able to make some real progress.
“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 bike. It is never easy to get off the Moto2 bike and get on the Motogp machine.
“The first day I tended to take some less than perfect lines for the way these bikes should be ridden, but on the second day, even looking at the telemetry, I got 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.”
KTM made more solid progress at the test, but team leader Mike Leitner was quick to stress that while they’re pleased with their progress, the RC16 is still far from race-ready.
“The public is expecting already a lot from us but we mustn’t forget that it’s still less than a year since the official roll out last October. We must continue to do our homework as best we can, because only this will bring us to a level were we can be on the start in Qatar in 2017. That is where this project’s journey really is going to start and we continue to have very intensive work between now and then.”
‘ The bike has potential and I am more and more happy to be part of this project’ SAM LOWES