Milwaukee Aprilia riders show good pace in Free Practice at Jerez
Circuito de Jerez, 20th October 2017
Milwaukee Aprilia made a good start to Round 12 at Jerez on Friday, riders Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori finishing the day P6 and P7 respectively and confirming another Superpole 2 entry for the team.
With a new asphalt surface at the Jerez circuit, the morning FP1 session gave riders a chance to get up to speed on the track they last rode in January's winter testing. Eugene finished the session an impressive P4, a mere five thousandths of a second off the pace of second place man Lowes. Lorenzo suffered a technical issue in FP1 which limited his running, but he was able to fit laps in during the later half and finish P10.
The afternoon's FP2 session ran in hotter weather and gave riders the chance to prepare for Saturday's Race 1 which is expected to experience high temperatures. Lorenzo took P5, shaving nearly four tenths off his FP1 time and ending the day a combined P7. Eugene had a more difficult session and finished P11, but a combined position of P6 was enough to see him through to Superpole 2 with Lorenzo.
Eugene Laverty #50 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Free Practice 1: 1'40.896, P4
Free Practice 2: 1'41.414, P11
“FP1 this morning was really good for us. The bike was strong all the way through the session and we never out of the top five. I finished up fourth, five thousandths off second place and feeling confident.
The afternoon had hotter conditions than the morning and I did't have a good run in FP2. It was a tougher session and something to address for us, as the race will likely run in hot conditions too.
The new surface here is really good and I couldn't believe how much grip I had when I first went out. Some of the guys were doing long race runs so it looks like it should keep up the pace for longer than before."
Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Free Practice 1: 1'41.432, P10
Free Practice 2: 1'41.086, P5
"In the morning session there was an issue with the bike which lost us some time. We couldn't do much running but it was still useful to try the bike setup.
The afternoon was better and we did a lot of work on the tyres to make sure we choose the right one for the race. There are still areas we can improve like rear grip and balance, but I'm pretty happy heading into Superpole 2 tomorrow.
The new surface has worked well for me, I had a lot of grip and I was able to use my bike really well. Turns one and eight were a little slippy, but overall it is a good surface and I was confident today."