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A number of bike upgrades await Stefan Bradl in Jerez, who is confident of a good result at the classic circuit.
The first three rounds of the 2016 MotoGP™ World Championship were run on tracks with very distinct characteristics, a far departure from what riders will face at the Jerez circuit. By comparison Jerez is a ‘slow’ circuit, but Stefan Bradl feels the Spanish track will suit his Aprilia RS-GP much more than previous rounds. The Aprilia may still be struggling with top end speed, but it is a very agile bike which will hopeful see the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini riders struggle slightly less to stay with the top bikes. Both Bradl and his teammate Alvaro Bautista will be receiving a number of upgrades to the chassis, aerodynamics and electronics. With the paddock now back in Europe, Aprilia plan to step up their testing regime and bring upgrades at a more consistent pace.
After a DNF in Qatar, Bradl has managed to take two consecutive top ten finishes with seventh in Argentina and tenth in Austin. These are some of Aprilia's best results and have cemented the RS-GP as a clear improvement over the 2015 model. With new upgrades coming thick and fast, these finishes may quickly become a regularity for Aprilia and Bradl. Twice Bradl has finished inside the top ten at Jerez in the MotoGP™ class, but this will be his first racing visit to the circuit with Aprilia.
Stefan Bradl: “The first European race of the season is always long-awaited. Jerez is an interesting track because it has a completely different layout that the one on the tracks we've tackled so far. Overall it is a slow track, with short straight stretches where power doesn't count for too much, so the excellent agility of our bike could allow us to take a further step forward. I'm pumped up for the weekend since we will have the support of our European fans, who always make their presence and warmth felt, as well as some electronics upgrades that the guys at Aprilia have been working on non-stop.”
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