MotoGP » De Puniet makes his mark on Aprilia

French ace tops times on day two of Jerez test

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Bert - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 5:33 PM

The Aprillia is a factory proto not a CRT, I would be very surprised if it is allowed to enter as a CRT, the idea I thought was small teams to combine a road engine and a proto chassis an race on the cheap - not for a factory to entry with more fuel and engines.

Iceberkz - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 5:59 PM

@Hemmy u brought out a very interesting stats on RdP n I was shocked. I assume his best season finishing 9th overall was in 2010 riding the LCR Honda team? Has he ever rode a factory supported bike before?

Regardless of his stats, I would say he has improved over the years. On one occasion in 2010 he had his first front row start n just missed on the pole. The moment he switched to pramac on the duke, didn't help him that much but the last few races he still managed to ride better than the factory supported dukes.. N the valencia DNF wasn't even his fault. When he tested for Suzuki, it still showed he's competitively fast but probably heartbroken when Suzuki pulled out of motogp. Hats off to RdP trying to prove he deserves to stay in the top tier of motorcycling and if ever he's given an opportunity to ride for a team that has won races before, I'm sure he'll excel.. Riding on a CRT will still make him look average no matter how good he is.. N probably more DNFs..

Mick B - Unregistered

November 25, 2011 11:11 PM

the aprilia rsv4 was originally designed for moto gp thats why it was so quick to win in wsbk with a time and a bit of tweeking that bike will win races put a seemless gear box like the hondas have,that bike will ****in fly it looks more nimbler than the yamaha m1
its all ready as quick as the ducati gp whatever the **** its called a this stage.(dont worry im a big rossi fan im sure he will sort that **** out and be kicking honda and yamaha asses next year)

some1 - Unregistered

November 26, 2011 3:58 AM

By looking at the Aprilia rear swing-arm, the Aprilia engineer is very smart with the modification on dealing with the Bridgestone tyres. I'm guessing they do the same with the chassis to distribute the weight evenly to the tyres. It won't take long time for the bike beat the Ducati.

I'm suspecting the motorcycle engineering combined with building construction engineering being used by Aprilia to dealt with the stubborn tyres design. In Aprilia case, they manipulating the materials to eliminate the ding-dong effect that haunted the Ducati. Feels like the old days of privateers team making fun tweaking in racing is returning to the MotoGP scene.

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