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Bradl boosted by Aprilia set-up gains

'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' - Stefan Bradl.
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.





Tagged as: Bautista , hayden , Espargaro , Bradl

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CBRSteveo

October 05, 2016 11:09 AM
Last Edited 24 days ago

Agree with mrlong - Aprilia are doing great considering the David vs Goliath task ahead of them, it's a shame though that they haven't kept at least one of their riders for 2017 - it's now very difficult to judge how well the new faces in the team are performing, or how much difference upgrades make...

mrlong

October 05, 2016 9:16 AM

Its really good to see Aprilia making improvements. I think we forget how close they actually are to the front runners considering the size of their race department. If they carry on making these small steps I won't be surprised if they can make some good results next year (regular top 10s) I'm pretty sure they'd gain an extra 0.5 seconds a lap if they made the wheel colours match. Two red or two black, I really don't mind.....



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