Romano Albesiano believes Sam Lowes could not have made a better start to his Aprilia MotoGP career.
Lowes, currently battling for the Moto2 title with Gresini (whose personnel form the Aprilia race team), got his first taste of the RS-GP he will race in MotoGP next season during a two-day test at Misano.
Whilst stressing it was very much an introduction to the 1000cc prototype, Aprilia Racing manager Albesiano confessed to being impressed by the 25-year-old's performance.
“It went well,” Albesiano began. “I'd say that we could not have had a better start. Sam got on a bike that he had never seen before, having to deal with a series of new features that range from the available power to the carbon brakes.
“He was at ease straight away and he also proved to be very analytical and precise in the indications he gave the team, as well as with his work method. Naturally, we were not looking at times, but even from this point of view we are quite pleased with these two days.”
Lowes, the 2013 World Supersport champion, is just five-points from the top of the Moto2 standings as the season reaches its midway stage next time at Sachsenring.
The Englishman rode for 60 laps on Wednesday and a further 69 on Thursday.
“My first laps on the Aprilia RS-GP were an experience I'll never forget. When I twisted the throttle the speed I could feel was incredible. It was a brilliant feeling,” Lowes said.
“On the second run, I had already begun to manage the power better and I tried to understand how to take the best advantage of it. There were a lot of new things to discover and they all astonished me.
“The first ones were definitely the power and speed, and then the carbon brakes. The third is the seamless gearbox, which is really incredible, and the fourth is obviously the electronics, which I felt comfortable with straight away.
“And then the RS-GP surprised me with an agility that I hadn't expected, so much that the night before the test I was quite nervous because I was imagining a much harder bike to ride, but that's not at all the way it was, although nothing is easy on a MotoGP bike.
“Last, but not least, I want to emphasise how comfortable I felt working with the entire team. In short, it just went really well”.
Aprilia test rider Mike Di Meglio was also on track, plus Ducati test riders Casey Stoner and Michele Pirro.