Aprilia tim­ing is per­fect for Lowes

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Sam Lowes’ move to the fac­tory Aprilia squad in 2017 could be a stroke of ge­nius. When he signed the deal, Aprilia were off the pace in Mo­togp and clearly just mak­ing up the num­bers. But dur­ing 2016 they have made in­cred­i­ble progress. Ev­i­dence of which came at Aragon with both its rid­ers, Al­varo Bautista and Ste­fan Bradl, in the top 10 and ahead of the fac­tory Du­catis.

Lowes has been busy test­ing the new bike and re­mains im­pressed with the speed of devel­op­ment of the new pack­age.

“The new Aprilia chas­sis is fan­tas­tic!” he said. “The bike has im­proved a lot. You have to re­mem­ber it was a new bike this year, and it was al­ways go­ing to take a while to get there, but they’re do­ing an amaz­ing job.

“The power and the gear­box are fan­tas­tic; the only area where it needs to im­prove is the turn­ing. The grip is good once you’ve got it turned in, but part of that is me not hav­ing as much con­fi­dence be­cause the front Miche­lin doesn’t give as much feed­back as the Dun­lop.”

‘The Aprilia has im­proved a lot – the chas­sis is fan­tas­tic!’ SAM LOWES

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