APRILIA UPS AND DOWNS

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Aleix Es­par­garó left the Va­len­cia test thrilled with his new Aprilia. The ex-suzuki star reck­ons there is real po­ten­tial in the pack­age and he ex­pects to be com­pet­i­tive when the new sea­son starts.

He said: “Maybe I was ex­pect­ing some­thing worse, but the bike is re­ally com­pet­i­tive. We know the di­rec­tion that we have to work in, but it’s a re­ally sta­ble bike and the turn­ing is a lit­tle bet­ter than I ex­pected.

“We need to im­prove the ac­cel­er­a­tion, and that’ll be the big­gest tar­get of the com­ing tests. The bike is quite fast, and strong in the higher RPM, but the ac­cel­er­a­tion is not as good. It’s hard to say if it’s just pure torque or if it’s some­thing that we can im­prove through the elec­tron­ics.”

It was a more dif­fi­cult test for new team-mate Sam Lowes, who crashed heav­ily at the end of the first day, in­jur­ing his neck and choos­ing to sit out the day two. How­ever, de­spite com­ing away bat­tered and bruised – and a long way down the time sheets – the Brit was pleased with his out­ing.

And Lowes is also op­ti­mistic that his pace will im­prove at Jerez thanks to the change in scenery – and be­ing able to re­pro­gram his brain af­ter first spend­ing three days rid­ing a very dif­fer­ent Moto2 ma­chine around the Va­len­cia track.

He said: “The most im­por­tant thing is work­ing on my rid­ing style for Motogp and not hav­ing to jump back onto a Moto2 bike. I can con­cen­trate on rid­ing it prop­erly now, be­cause we could see from the pre­vi­ous tests that I was do­ing some things in the wrong way but couldn’t change them. It’s one step back to take two for­wards.”

Promis­ing start for Es­par­garó

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