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Bradl: “We need to get some kilometres in”

Bradl: “We need to get some kilometres in”

Improvements came with each lap for Stefan Bradl and Aprilia, filling all involved with a desire to get back out on track.

The brand new Aprilia RS-GP made its racing debut at the Qatar GP. For Stefan Bradl it didn’t quite go to plan as the German crashed out of the race. Until then, he and Aprilia had been making steady progress with the new bike as each lap saw them learn more and improve an aspect of the machine. With only two tests under their belt, all involved knew that the opening rounds would be extended testing sessions but everything is progressing well.

Bradl is keen to get back out on track to keep improving the Aprilia and test it on a new circuit. Both the tests, and the first race, for Aprilia were run at the Losail International Circuit, Termas De Rio Hondo providing a new challenge. The Argentinian track has a very different surface and layout to the Qatari circuit, providing a mix of slow corners into hard acceleration as well as fast and flowing sections. Developments in areas such as shifting strategy and engine brake management should allow Bradl and his teammate Alvaro Bautista to continue forging ahead and close the distance to the top 15.

Stefan Bradl: “The bike is improving lap by lap and precisely for this reason I look forward eagerly to every new race weekend. I hope to do well in Argentina and I like the circuit. The layout is a bit different from the usual set up. There are no particularly difficult points but it will be an important test bench for us anyway. We have two important weeks ahead of us with the Termas race and then the Texas round. I'm confident in our potential as Alvaro's result in Qatar demonstrated. We need to get some kilometres in and aim consistently for the points zone.”

MotoGP, 2016, GRAN PREMIO MOTUL DE LA REPÚBLICA ARGENTINA, Stefan Bradl, Aprilia Racing Team Gresini

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