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Bradl: “These were definitely two demanding days”

Bradl: “These were definitely two demanding days”

2016 gets underway for Stefan Bradl and Aprilia in Valencia, the German ending as the leading Aprilia.

There’s little time to rest if you’re a MotoGP™ World Championship rider, the 2015 season ending on Sunday evening in Valencia and 2016 starting with a two day test the following Tuesday. Over the course of the two day test Stefan Bradl completed 105 laps with a best time of 1’32.492 on the 2015 RS-GP. Aprilia chose to run their current bike as opposed to the 2016 model to fully understand the new challenges they will face with the switch to Michelin tyres.  The 2016 Aprilia looks to debut during the Sepang test on the first of February in 2016 and will be an all-new prototype, the Noale based factory having gathered a large amount of data in 2015.

Bradl was able to test both the new Michelin tyres and the spec electronic package that the entire grid will run in 2016. As with many riders, Bradl suffered several crashes without consequence as he adapted his bike and riding style to the new tyre provider. Fork adjustments and weight distribution changes were a main focus in terms of bike setting.

Stefan Bradl: “These were definitely two demanding days of testing because the Michelins have a very different feeling than what we were accustomed to, especially the front, and that caused a lot of crashes. So we worked a lot on the bike setup to try and improve this feeling and to get the tyres to work as best as possible. We worked on fork adjustments, geometries and weight distribution. We still haven't achieved the results we had hoped for, but it was important to begin this job. At the end of the month we'll go to Jerez so we can continue this adaptation process on another track as well.”


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