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Rain disrupts Aprilia plans in Valencia

Rain disrupts Aprilia plans in Valencia

Rain disrupts Aprilia plans in Valencia

The second and final day of testing planned for the Aprilia 250 riders in Valencia had to be altered because of the condition of the Ricardo Tormo circuit. Rain meant the plans the Italian factory had laid out had to be scrapped as the team attempted to make the best of the unfortunate weather.

Hector Barbera and Jorge Lorenzo both gingerly made their way out on to the track in Cheste in the hope of testing the adjustments made to their bikes and trying out their wet tyres, but the state of the circuit – which had been flooded by rain throughout the night and during the morning – did not allow them to fulfil their objectives.

However, Lorenzo, who finished second in the last round of the season in Valencia last weekend, remained upbeat and was full of praise for his new machine. "I believe the Aprilia suits my riding style very well. I was only able to do 15 laps, but I was able to get a feel of the enormous potential it is. It has both great stability and speed."

Barbera, who rode an Aprilia in the 125 class, was also very satisfied with his first outing on the 250 machine. "The first feelings I have of the bike are very positive. The bike is very rigid, just as I like. It's a bit like getting back on the Aprilia 125, which I rode two seasons ago, but this time on a more powerful and spectacular bike."

San Marinese rider Alex de Angelis was hoping to continue his work on the development of the new RSW250 prototype, which has a new chassis and some aerodynamic modifications. However, both he and Italian youngster Marco Simoncelli spent all morning in their boxes.

Simoncelli, who will make his debut in the quarter-litre class next season, declared himself delighted with his first outing on the 250 Aprilia machine yesterday despite the session being interrupted by rain.

"It was a good first days of testing, although it was a shame it started raining as I was beginning to lap well. I felt a similar excitement when I got on a 125cc bike for the first time at the age of 13."

"At first the bike seemed very tall and big and I didn't think I was going to be able to get my knee on the ground. The speed is also impressive, now it's just about getting kilometres under my belt."

The next scheduled pre-season appointment for the Aprilia riders is in two weeks' time, November 21,22 and 23, at the Jerez circuit.

Meanwhile, Alex Debon was in Cheste on Thursday to finalise his agreement with Aprilia which will see him become the Italian factory's test rider. The deal means he will compete in at least six Grand Prix next season and will be first option to replace either of the outfit's official riders.

250cc, 2005

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