Milwaukee Aprilia's strong form continues at Portimao test
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, 28 January, 2017
Milwaukee Aprilia have continued to show encouraging pace on the first day of testing at the Portimao circuit.
After a two-day test period at the Jerez circuit in Spain, the team relocated to Portimao in Portugal to continue developing the new Aprilia RSV4 RF with riders Lorenzo Savadori & Eugene Laverty. Track time was limited by damp conditions at the circuit in the morning, but the weather improved throughout the day and allowed the team to run the number 50 and 32 machines unabated.
Eugene, working through a busy test plan, finished the day an impressive P2 with a lap of 1'43.478. Lorenzo, second fastest in the previous test at Jerez, finished P4 with a time of 1'43.686.
With a promising weather forecast for the final day of testing, Milwaukee Aprilia are looking to work through completing their test schedule and finish the pre-season preparation in strong fashion.
"Today was definitely much better for us. We started the day with similar problems to Jerez, but we worked much more efficiently here to solve them and made real headway. I had to be careful with the damp track at first, but it's bumpy as well so we all had a rough ride.
We still have some work to do to improve the balance and chatter, but I can now attack with the bike and handle it better, so I'm much happier with it."
"I always enjoy riding at Portimao; it's not an easy track but it's good fun! The weather was quite difficult for us this morning, but we got a lot of laps in in the afternoon and I was able to carry on he work from Jerez. I'm happier with the bike; I still need to improve the feeling I have and work on the setup, but I am definitely more comfortable.
We tested a few tyres out and there is more work to do with them, but the team worked well today and I am looking forward to riding again tomorrow."