ALEIX: "THE BREAK CAME AT JUST THE RIGHT TIME"
MAVERICK: "WE ARE FAST AND THERE IS STILL MARGIN"
After a regenerating summer break, MotoGP World Championship heads back to the track on the Silverstone asphalt. Based on the triangular shape of a military airport's three runways, the English circuit has made history in motoring competitions on both two and four wheels. Even with all the updates in recent years, it has not lost its characteristics: long, complex, and demanding, it requires full concentration of riders and mechanics to adapt to both the fast parts and the more handling-oriented ones.
For both the Aprilia riders, Silverstone holds unforgettable memories. Last year, Aleix took the Italian manufacturer’s first, historic podium in MotoGP at the end of a breathtaking duel, whereas in 2016, Maverick won his first race in the premier class right here in England.
Motivation is renewed this season, with Espargaró a serious contender for the championship title and Viñales fresh from a podium finish in Assen. Conditions that set up a second half of the season with the Aprilia RS-GP machines playing prominent roles.
"This year more than ever, we really needed this break! The first part of the season was incredible, but the new situation we are experiencing has also demanded a lot of physical and mental energy. So we really needed to recharge our batteries, also because we have some tracks ahead of us where both the Aprilia and I have the chance to continue racking up important results. Starting with Silverstone, a circuit that I like and where I have always managed to be rather competitive."
"Given the way we finished the first part of a season on an upward trend, I can’t wait to get back on the track. The enthusiasm after the Assen podium made this break seem like an eternity, but now I'm ready and stoked to get back in the saddle of my Aprilia. The results show that we are improving and my feeling with the bike is extremely good but I feel like I still have margin to improve. I want to keep working together with the team in order to be able to achieve our full potential. I'm sure that from here to Valencia we’ll have great fun."