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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

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