Aleix Espargaro has shown that he is one of the most versatile riders in GP, as he completed day 2 of the MotoGP Test at Phillip Island in 6th place for the Gresini Aprilia Team. The Spaniard, who was further down the order on day 1, trying out new chassis settings as well as working on a new riding style that will suit the Aprilia more.
The former Suzuki GSX-RR rider is still getting used to his new surroundings at the Italian manufacturer, but little by little, things are looking up for the former GP podium finisher. Although the bike has remained much the same, he is the one who is adapting to it, and not the other way around.
“We are improving. Yesterday we had already started in the right direction. Today we did a lot of chassis tests. I am more than satisfied with both my flying lap and with our pace during the race simulation, which is very important”. Aleix does however feel that the work is not done, and that they bike still needs refinements.
“The bike has not changed much compared with Malaysia, but my feeling on it increases constantly, especially with the front tyre and that is very important for my riding style. Now we need to keep improving our package.”
Although down the rear end of the timesheets, Sam Lowes, the teams 2nd rider was full of confidence. The plucky Brit and twin brother to Tech 3 replacement Alex Lowes, remains upbeat after shaving over a second off his time from day one.
“Today we worked well. I am happy. I continue discovering how these bikes need to be ridden and I’m beginning to figure out what I need to get my times down”, the 26 year-old stated. Lowes has faith that tomorrow, the test will bring better things.
“Riding the RS-GP here at Phillip Island is something special. I like the track and I am sure that tomorrow we will be able to take another step toward a good starting base for the 2017 season.”
Testing resumes tomorrow at the Phillip Island circuit.
Kiko Giles @MotoGPKiko