Sylvain Guintoli and Marco Melandri head into the remainder of the World Superbike Championship weekend feeling very positive after 'excellent' practice sessions at Motorland Aragon.
The pair held down positions inside the top five during the morning FP1 session and though they would slip to sixth and seventh – Melandri ahead of Guintoli – by the end of the day after failing to improve their times, this was a consequence of not using the softer tyre.
As such, both Melandri and Guintoli were pleased with the speed and consistency of the RSV4, with the former labelling it as his best day yet on the machine.
“I'm pleased. This is definitely the best day of practice since I've been on the Aprilia RSV4. We chose not to use a new tyre this afternoon to see what the best option would be for the races. Both the electronics strategies and the bike setup have been improving constantly so all that's left now are those areas where we can still improve and we'll work on those today and tomorrow, but overall I am quite satisfied with today's results.”
Championship leader Guintoli, meanwhile, is similarly excited about his potential on the bike around the Spanish circuit, particularly in a straight line…
“Two excellent sessions for us today. We were fast and consistent. The improvements we found at Jerez came out here at Aragon as well so that is quite comforting. We worked mainly on race length.
“We still have some more fine tuning to try tomorrow but the base setting that we reached today is definitely good. The RSV4 really works well here, I hit 327 kph and that is just more good news in view of the Sunday races.”