APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI

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APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI

MARCO MELANDRI AND ALVARO BAUTISTA ARE HARD AT WORK WITH BOTH THE PREVIOUS VERSION OF THE BIKE AND THE NEW RS-GP

Sepang (Malaysia), February 2015 – Work continues for the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini on the second day of testing at Sepang.

Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing Manager had this to say about the first two days of testing at Sepang: “The initial results of these tests are certainly positive. I won’t dwell too much on the times because that’s not our goal at the moment, but the sensations are encouraging. These two days are in line with a sport season that we are taking on one year ahead of schedule and one that we are well aware will be focused on development and refinement of a competitive prototype.

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Considering the fact that the new RS-GP is taking its first steps, Alvaro’s performance is definitely a positive sign. Even his comments on the feel of the ride are very encouraging as he did not indicate any real weakness in the project. So the new bike has plenty of room for optimisation and improvement. Alvaro is proving himself to be a fast rider and, just as we expected, he has a positive attitude that is conducive to the work we need to do in the garage.

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Marco is continuing his apprenticeship and objectively he is struggling a bit more than we expected. But we know Marco and his approach well, so we are doing everything we can to put him at ease in this new technical situation.”

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The team has quite a tight schedule considering the début of the Aprilia RS-GP, the bike which will be participating in the 2015 MotoGP season. It is a new project that will need time and laps to be refined and to reach its full potential.

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Marco Melandri and Alvaro Bautista took to the track on both the previous and the new bike, gathering essential data for development and conducting comparison tests between the two models.


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One Comment

  1. Syarif Reply

    I’ve been following the RSV4 for quite some time and soreiusly planned on buying one but I must say the final bike isn’t so impressive in the looks department. Not even where the prior twin-powered RSV was. Whilst it’s not ugly’, per se, it simply looks too Japanese. Now, I like Japanese bikes; I just don’t like when expensive Italian bikes look Japanese. Even though this bike looks hot right now; in 5 years, between the Goldwing-esque horizontal row of afterthought headlights, geometric graphics, and generic silhouette, it will age about as well as a Gixxer does.On the price issue, this is what another blog is saying: Pricing isn’t likely to be for the faint of heart – expect to pay around US$30,000 for the base model, with the Factory version probably being closer to US$40,000! I do not know how reliable it is, but if it’s even close to the mark, I’ll be looking at a nice new BMW S1000RR instead

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