Bradley satisfied and ready for the first race weekend of the season
Posted on Jul 15, 2020 by Aprilia Racing Team Gresini
The script called for high temperatures and high competitiveness from all the riders, and the first day of testing in Jerez definitely went as scripted. With the asphalt at 57°C in the afternoon, 16 riders were all within one second of one another in the combined rankings of the two sessions.
In this setting, the Aprilia RS-GP continued growing and, in the able hands of Aleix Espargaró and Bradley Smith, confirmed the good signs shown during its first outings of the season. There is still much work to be done, and the total shutdown in Italy due to COVID certainly didn’t facilitate the schedule for Aprilia, which is therefore putting forth no small effort on the track to prepare as best as possible for the first weekend of the 2020 MotoGP season.
The seventeenth best time went to Bradley (1'38.942), busying himself more with endurance tests, but increasingly faster astride the prototype from Noale.
"I'm happy to be riding again. Even with all the appropriate precautions, considering the weekend ahead, we were able to carry out the test programme, especially in terms of endurance performance. It was important for us to gather as much data as possible, given how young the project is. Now the techs will be able to analyse it between today and tomorrow in order to prepare for the race as best as possible. There are obviously still some question marks, but at the moment, I'm satisfied. These temperatures put the tyres, riders and bikes to the test. I can guarantee that you feel every extra degree when you're on the bike!"