ONLY CHATTERING ON HIS FLYING LAP HIDES MAVERICK’S POTENTIAL
The first home race for Aprilia, in Italy at the Mugello circuit, had not begun with the best foreshadowing. An unfortunate bicycle crash during training left Aleix with a painful right heel. Tests ruled out a fracture, but the Spanish rider certainly did not start the weekend off in the best physical conditions. After a few laps in the morning, the medical treatments allowed him to work better in the afternoon P2 session until launching a time attack where he earned an unexpected and extraordinary spot in the top 10. This means going straight through to Q2 tomorrow, where he’ll be able to make a play for a spot on the front 4 rows of the grid.
Maverick impressed this morning with a super-fast pace even without launching a true time attack on soft tyres. In the afternoon, work continued in preparation for the race, with the reassurance of a good feeling between the rider and his RS-GP on the Tuscan track. It was only the chattering that came out when he tried to push to the limit that hid Maverick’s potential. He is, however, still confident ahead of qualifying and the sprint race tomorrow.
Lorenzo Savadori is also on the track this weekend with the Aprilia Test Team. Although having some problems with fatigue to his forearm, Lorenzo continued to test new solutions on the “development” RS-GP today and he’ll do the same in the upcoming sessions.
"First of all, I’d like to apologise to the team. I know how important this race is for them and my fall off my bike yesterday, due to a distraction, was certainly not the best start to the weekend. I did and will continue to do everything possible to achieve the utmost, gritting my teeth and bearing the pain in my heel which, unfortunately, is rather significant. This morning I didn’t turn many laps. Then we treated the foot and in the afternoon, although limitedly, I was able to work. I think that our flying lap could have been even better. On my first try I made a mistake, on the second the yellow flag came out, and on the third, I did my best time. Now I’m counting on getting some rest, letting the swelling go down, and turning up tomorrow in the best possible conditions."
"We can definitely improve, but I’m not worried. I feel good. In the end, we missed Q2 by a hair after having a lot of problems with chattering on my flying lap attempts. I didn’t find the right feeling with the tyre, but if we were only a few thousandths off for the top-10 and 4 tenths from pole position in these conditions, I can’t help but to be confident. We have all the opportunities we need to correct the trend and to do a good job tomorrow."