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Bradl: “The winter was rather long”

Bradl: “The winter was rather long”

Germany’s Stefan Bradl is anxious about getting the year started in Qatar, ready to gather more data for Aprilia.

With only two tests completed on the new RS-GP Aprilia, Stefan Bradl is both excited and anxious about the first race of the year. The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini is excited to get back to racing, but remains anxious about the work that still needs to be done. Unfortunately the two tests were not enough for Aprilia and the Gresini team are still very much in the early stages with the bike, focusing more on reliability than outright speed. Not only is there a new bike to learn, but there are also new electronics and new tyres to learn. Feedback from the two tests in Qatar have given the team a rough idea of a base setting, but more work is needed.

The opening rounds of 2016 will be full of work for Aprilia and Bradl, more an extended test session than race weekend. 18 races present plenty of chances for Aprilia and Bradl to improve, the new bike offering nothing but potential. It may be a difficult weekend at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar, but the season will no doubt improve quickly.

Stefan Bradl: “I have been anxiously awaiting the first race because this promises to be a really exciting year for us. The winter was rather long and I'm pleased to be getting back on the track. Even if we only had a few tests with the new Aprilia, we'll try to give it the most straight away. There are still a lot of aspects that need to be improved, the first of which is getting to know the new bike and its characteristics. It will be important to make progress in every practice session. The race will obviously be difficult, but rather than setting our sights on the end result we need to aim for consistent growth. I am really anxious to get to work.”

MotoGP, 2016, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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