Having claimed three points on its MotoGP debut, Aprilia's all-new RS-GP will receive further technical updates for this weekend's round in Argentina.
Alvaro Bautista took the newly-built machine to 13th place in the opening Qatar round, crossing the line just a fraction behind Eugene Laverty's Aspar Ducati. Team-mate Stefan Bradl crashed out on lap 12 of 22.
“The Qatar race allowed us to gather a lot of information on the bike's racing performance for the first time. We are going to Argentina with developments in various sectors, from the [gear] shifting strategy to engine tuning to torque and engine brake management,” revealed Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano.
“We expect to take a step forward in terms of performance with respect to the encouraging result that Alvaro achieved in the first race. From Stefan we expect that he will take that final step in terms of adapting to the new tyres and the new bike.”
Bautista's best race lap was 1.8s from winner Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha), while the RS-GP – now featuring a counter-rotating crankshaft - was ranked 16th for top speed, 11km/h from the record-breaking Ducati of Andrea Iannone.