Milwaukee Aprilia test at Phillip Island
Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, 20 February, 2017
Milwaukee Aprilia have completed the first day of Official WorldSBK testing at Phillip Island
After successful testing in Europe at the Jerez and Portimao circuits in January, riders Eugene Laverty & Lorenzo Savadori arrived at Phillip Island looking for further performance gains as they ride the new generation Aprilia RSV4 RF at the circuit for the first time.
The first day of testing was hampered by wet weather which restricted running for the whole grid, and the team are looking forward to continuing their test programme tomorrow.
Round 1 of the 2017 Superbike World Championship commences on Friday 24th February with Free Practice 1 at 09:45am (AEDT) (10:45pm GMT).
Lorenzo Savadori #32
We've been continuing the work we started in Portimao and I'm looking to improve the feeling on the bike, and to make sure we have good consistency in race conditions. The tyres felt good in the wet and dry, and I'm happy with the sensations from them.
The weather was a little bit crazy today, but we managed to get some dry laps in towards the end. I don't know this track very well, and last year was my first time on a Superbike here, so it's been really useful for me to ride today.
Eugene Laverty #50
"Today was a big improvement for us. I made good progress yesterday but I was still having to fight the bike, whereas today I was able to do a lot of laps and really get it feeling like my bike again. I feel like I can race with it now, and I felt comfortable on the race and quali tyres. It's been a very productive two days, much better than Jerez, and we made big breakthroughs to resolve the chatter I was having.
I'm feeling confident for Round 1 at Phillip Island; we have a good base to work from and the team is working really well together. It's one of my favourite tracks to ride, and with another test there I think we're in a good position to really move forward."