Milwaukee Aprilia show good pace in Free Practice at Portimao
Autodromo Internacional do Algarve, 15th September 2017
Milwaukee Aprilia delivered a strong showing in Free Practice on Friday at the Portimão circuit. Riders Eugene Laverty and Lorenzo Savadori finished a combined P6 and P8 respectively, and earned another Superpole 2 entry for the team.
With dry weather in both sessions the team were able to complete a full day of practice, gaining valuable data to build on their experience of the Portugese track in winter testing earlier this year.
As forward progress with the new generation Aprilia RSV4 RF continues, Eugene and Lorenzo were quickly into the top 12 positions in FP1 as they dialled into their machines.
The afternoon FP2 brought much improved lap times for the team, both riders taking nearly one second off their morning times to earn their deserved places in Saturday's Superpole 2 shootout session.
Eugene Laverty #50
FP1: 1'37.880, P5
FP2: 1'38.052, P5
Combined result: 1'37.880, P6
“Today in general I was surprised that there was such a big difference in grip compared to the test, about three-quarters of a second. In the afternoon we improved but we were still off the pace we were able to do in July.
The bike still feels good round here, there's just some things to improve with the front that we can fix tomorrow. The direction we're going in is the same in Laguna, which has been working for us. That weekend was unlucky but I'm glad we've been able to continue that plan and develop it. The top 3, 4 guys are still tough to mix with, but we're catching them up bit by bit.
It's difficult to say how much weather will factor this weekend. We did some wet laps in testing here which were useful, but we all know that it gets really slippery here when it rains so we'll have to be careful. I'd prefer a dry race of course; we want to show our potential and anything could happen."
Lorenzo Savadori #32
FP1: 1'37.721, P4
FP2: 1'39.035, P10
Combined result: 1'37.721, P4
"I was happy with the result today, and it shows we are making good progress with the RSV4 RF. It is important to go straight to SP2 again and be close to the top riders. I think we can do well in qualifying, and hopefully deliver a good race result.
The feeling with the bike is much better. Aprilia Racing and SMR have worked very hard over the summer, and it is clear to see where we are stronger. The front is stronger, and I am able to push more. We learnt lots from Laguna, and the test at Laustiz helped us improve.
I prefer that we have a dry race for sure, because when it rains it is nearly always a lottery. Today we had some wet laps, so we will be ready whatever happens."