MotoGP season 2017 officially begins testing at Sepang in Malaysia after a winter break during which the Racing Department were busy developing the RS GP motorcycle for the first time carried out on the track less than a year.
Good progress made by Aprilia in the second half of last season showed the MotoGP bike, which was first fully developed (starting with an exclusive, narrow V4 sets), motivated the entire team to step forward in quality. From a technical point of view, development is going basic guidelines: the evolution of the basic design, which proved obaćavajućim and adjustment features motorcycle requirements of the new Aprilia Racing Team Gresini vozača.Aleix Espargaró, impressed by the performance of its RS-GP motorcycle in the previous tests, recognized the strong points Aprilia prototype to match his driving style and did not emphasize any specific weaknesses. The main objective of Sam Lowes, who makes his debut in the premier class, after the progress that began in 2016 at the first tests, gaining the confidence on the bike and in the class. English driver is constantly working during the break in order to be ready physically and mentally for this new challenge ..
“I’m very motivated. 2017 will be a big challenge for us. I can not wait to test the RS-GP and see the changes made during the winter, which will allow us another step forward compared to Valencia and Jerez. I know the guys a lot of work done according to my guidelines. Sepang will be an important test to see where we stand. “
“After the winter break, it’s always very exciting to get back on track with the first tests. I can not wait to sit down again on the bike because in Jerez due to the injury I could best use the time that we had. The team worked hard over the winter and I’m in Spain trained and prepared. My goal in Sepang is to continue to progress and get better acquainted with the Aprilia MotoGP bike. “
ROMANO ALBESIANO – responsabile YAMAHA RACING
“During the winter break, we noted visible progress meeting the needs that we have expressed to Aleix testing 2016. In the second we position compared to 12 months ago when the motorcycle debuted. Now we know that we have a good foundation on which we will work. Sepang will be our first opportunity where we will check what is analyzed and designed in recent months. Evolution RS GP encompassed all aspects, in order to adapt to new motorcycle drivers and comply with the new rules. As for the aggregate, we got more torque at low revs without being anything lost in force. Then we optimize all components regardless of weight, stiffness and overall balance. There are lots of news so that will be a key use by the end of the time we have on the course. “
Fausto Gresini – TEAM MANAGER
“As always, in the first tests of the new year in Malaysia we have a chance to see where we stand compared to competitors. We are waiting for the start of the season with great enthusiasm because we know that the Aprilia lot of work over the winter and prepared a few changes. On testing in November Aleix us immediately give more useful information and development of motorcycles for 2017 is based on that. In Sepang we will spend a couple of comparative testing with the motorcycle from 2016 in order to better focus development. I will on the other hand continue their internship and the main goal is to make a lot of kilometers, to begin mainly on a motorcycle from 2016. Compared with the situation a year ago, we start with the more elaborate, better package and with more experience in RS-GP motorcycle, so we are quite confident “