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Aprilia declare themselves satisfied with RS3 MotoGP debut

Aprilia declare themselves satisfied with RS3 MotoGP debut

Aprilia declare themselves satisfied with RS3 MotoGP debut

Satisfied was the word coming from the Aprilia camp. The Japanese GP in Suzuka, the first the race of the new MotoGP era, may have featured a Honda, a Suzuki and a Yamaha in the top three positions, but this did not stop the Italian factory from proclaiming a positive start to their new RS3 4-stroke project. The pre-event objectives, of finishing the race, and if possible in the top fifteen, were achieved. Indeed rider Régis Laconi, who had his first taste of wet conditions aboard the bike, even managed to surpass expectations by finishing a creditable eighth, allbeit a lap down.

Engineer Jan Witteween, the project leader, was clearly delighted by the RS3´s competitive debut: ´We had no previous experience in the wet, and we didn't have enough data to intervene effectively on mapping the engine before the race. However, we did what was needed and finished, and with the information we have gathered we will be able to develop the bike even faster.´

Laconi, the Frenchman who was riding the Aprilia in his first outing back in MotoGP´s elite category, said of the race: ´It´s a great result and one which took a lot of effort. After the warm-up in the rain in the morning, the mechanics had to completely change the bike´s settings to increase its ´rideability´. I got off to a good start, but tried not to push too hard too soon by getting past Harada and Capirossi. However I was able to make use of my greater speed later and even though the track was wet, the bike was a pleasure to ride´.

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MotoGP, 2002

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