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Bradl: “There is really a lot to learn”

Bradl: “There is really a lot to learn”

Electronics work fills the third and final day of testing in Jerez for Stefan Bradl, collecting key data.

Working on changing the electronics of a motorcycle is unique, unlike teting and altering something like suspension; where a rider is able to enter the pits, have their mechanics make a quick two click adjustment and return to track, with electronics a rider must sit and wait in the box as data is analysed. This may seem frustrating, but Stefan Bradl believes it is necessary as harnessing the full potential of the new Magnetti Marelli software will have as big an impact, if not more so, than understanding the new Michelin tyres. Over the three days of testing at the Jerez circuit Bradl completed 140 laps and was able to avoid any serious incidents, entering the off season at full fitness.

With the winter testing ban coming into action on the first of December, the work done by Bradl and Aprilia Racing Team Gresini teammate Alvaro Bautista will be vital for the test team to use as the Noale factory look to debut an all new bike in Sepang. As such, lap times were of no concern to Bradl as the German looked to gather data and improve his confidence when pushing, the feel still not quite right with the new 2016 tyres and software. It’s now time for a much deserved holiday for Bradl before work begins once more in February at Sepang.

Stefan Bradl: “Today we focused on the new electronics and there is really a lot to learn. This is a different kind of work than usual. It may seem boring because of the long breaks but right now that is necessary both to provide information to the engineers and to create a base for the Aprilia Test Team to work from during the winter break. We certainly weren’t concerned with lap times. The feeling still isn’t right to push hard but I’m confident that the work we did over these past days will help us in 2016. Now I’m happy to be able to take a few days of holiday and prepare for the new season as best as possible."

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MotoGP, 2016, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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