MotoGP: Apriliia Pre-Season Test Day 2 Report - Sepang

Marco Melandri race action shot

Aprilia Racing Press Release:

Work continues for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini on the second day of testing at Sepang.

** Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager:**

The initial results of these tests are certainly positive. I won't dwell too much on the times because that's not our goal at the moment, but the sensations are encouraging. These two days are in line with a sport season that we are taking on one year ahead of schedule and one that we are well aware will be focused on development and refinement of a competitive prototype.

Considering the fact that the new RS-GP is taking its first steps, Alvaro's performance is definitely a positive sign. Even his comments on the feel of the ride are very encouraging as he did not indicate any real weakness in the project. So the new bike has plenty of room for optimization and improvement. Alvaro is proving himself to be a fast rider and, just as we expected, he has a positive attitude that is conducive to the work we need to do in the garage. Marco is continuing his apprenticeship and objectively he is struggling a bit more than we expected. But we know Marco and his approach well, so we are doing everything we can to put him at ease in this new technical situation."

Alvaro Bautista race action shot

The team has quite a tight schedule considering the début of the Aprilia RS-GP, the bike which will be participating in the 2015 MotoGP season. It is a new project that will need time and laps to be refined and to reach its full potential. Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista took to the track on both the previous and the new bike, gathering essential data for development and conducting comparison tests between the two models.

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