APRILIA HEADS FOR ITS SECOND HOME RACE AFTER TWO DAYS OF TESTING – Gresini Racing
11 September 2019
The 4,226 metres of the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli will be putting the MotoGP teams to the test for the thirteenth round of the 2019 calendar. The track on the shores of the Adriatic is a technical one, with corners that range from hairpins to sweepers and medium-abrasive asphalt.
The Aprilia riders have had a chance to prepare for the GP during two days of collective tests. This was an important time both for the development of the 2020 prototype and to define an initial base to begin working from on the race weekend.
Since this is the second Italian round, Aprilia will be on friendly soil and counting on the affection and support of the thousands of fans expected to come out to the track. Having a quick look at history: this was precisely the venue where the young Italian brand took its first victory. It was 30 August 1987 when Loris Reggiani went down in Aprilia history, winning in the 250 class and launching an extraordinary series of victories: 294 wins in the 125 and 250cc categories.
“We did rather well during the tests in terms of single laps, whereas in terms of pace, we struggled a bit more. The Misano circuit was rather slippery, with little grip, and we will need to work on this when thinking about the race. This is a special weekend for Aprilia. We will give one hundred percent for our fans.”
“We are arriving here after two days of testing and that is always a positive thing, because it lets us start from a base. It is true that no race is more important than the others, but for an Italian rider on an Italian bike, the home rounds always add a little something special. We’ll keep working hard. Silverstone was a good race, but we still need to reduce the gap.”
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