GOOD FEEDBACK IN TERMS OF PACE FOR ALEIX AND MAVERICK, WHO WILL BE AIMING TO GO STRAIGHT THROUGH TO Q2 TOMORROW
LOTS OF WORK ON THE 2022 RS-GP FOR LORENZO SAVADORI
The Aprilia Racing team finished out the first day of free practice for the Grand Prix of Spain - sixth round of the 2022 MotoGP world championship, scheduled to be held Sunday on the Jerez de la Frontera circuit - with Maverick Viñales doing the ninth best time at 1’37”759 and Aleix Espargaró not far behind, thirteenth with a time of 1’37”848. Lorenzo Savadori, on the other hand, stopped the clock at 1’38”960, working hard on his important work of developing the 2022 Aprilia RS-GP 2022 during what is his second racing appearance of the season as a wild card.
Both fast already in the morning FP1 session held on asphalt marked by some treacherous damp spots, Maverick and Aleix continued working on pace in FP2 with good results, consistently in the top five before the time attack on new tyres. This is the situation where they’ll need to focus to do well enough in FP3 to go through to the increasingly more important Q2 session.
"The combined standings do not accurately reflect the way things really are. In fact, with the medium tyre, I was very fast in both sessions and the bike worked really well. When we put the soft tyre on, I had some problems, first with traffic and then because of a bit of chattering. In any case, I’m not too terribly worried because here in Jerez, things usually get a lot better in FP3 on Saturday, so we’ll try to stay in the top 5."
"The pace isn’t bad. I’m fairly satisfied because today I managed to improve every time I went out on the track. However, when I put the new tyre on, we are not taking full advantage of the extra grip. Even if I push, the times don’t come easily, so we still need to figure out how to improve and get closer to the others on the flying lap."
"We are continuing with the testing programme we agreed on with Aprilia and the overall sensations are better than in Portimão. However, the tests obviously condition the search for the best performance, especially with new tyres, because we actually don’t have true and proper base settings. As a rider, my instinct would be to push, but we’re here to do a different and, in any case, fascinating job."