Stefan Bradl is looking ahead to the MotoGP flyaway triple-header with renewed enthusiasm after clinched an impressive top ten on the Gresini Aprilia at Aragon.
The German rider, who qualified in 12th place on the RS-GP machine, finished behind team-mate Alvaro Bautista at the Spanish circuit during an encouraging weekend for the Italian manufacturer.
Bradl is benefitting from an improvement in braking with the Aprilia and more front-end feel after making a step forward with the set-up of the bike at Misano in September.
Looking ahead to the upcoming flyaway races, which begin at Motegi in Japan on October 16, Bradl said: "We took a step forward in terms of settings from the Misano race, especially improving in the braking phase and giving me a better feeling with the front tyre,” he said.
“Obviously, there is still room for improvement, for example in taking better advantage of the rear tyre to be faster with new tyres, but we are not far off. Now I have high expectations for myself for the season finale.”
Looking back on his fine 10th place finish at Aragon, Bradl added: “I am happy with the top 10 and the weekend in general. We improved during practice and I hope to be able to continue this trend in the coming races.
“We were able to further perfect things, finding a good base straight away on Friday and then working to sort the details.”
Bradl will leave MotoGP to join Nicky Hayden in the Honda World Superbike Team in 2017, while Bautista will switch to the Aspar Team to ride a Ducati Desmosedici GP16 in the premier class.
Current Suzuki MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro and British Moto2 contender Sam Lowes will lead the charge for Aprilia next season.