Milwaukee Aprilia earn solid points haul in Race 2 at Imola
Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, 14 May, 2017
After a difficult Race 1 at Imola, Milwaukee Aprilia delivered an improved performance to score points with both riders in Race 2. The red flag was brought out on the first lap following a blown engine from Badovini's Kawasaki, which resulted in dangerous track conditions and forced a race restart.
Rider Eugene Laverty started from P10 on the grid, making a strong getaway and holding station confidently in P8. Closing down the Yamahas of Van der Mark and Lowes, he took his opportunity on lap 12 to force a pass on Van der Mark for P7 where he ultimately finished.
Capping off a trying weekend at Imola, Lorenzo Savadori started P12. His getaway was slow, but he settled into a consistent rhythm and gradually forced his way through into the points positions. Defending well from the De Rosa and Bradl, he managed to bring his bike home with another points finish in P13.
The team now head to the United Kingdom for Round 6 of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship and their home round at Donington Park, where they hope to deliver stronger results for the fans and make further steps forward.
Round 6 of the 2017 series takes place from 26-28 May at Donington Park.
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Eugene Laverty #50
Grid - P10 Race - P7, 9 points
Today was one of our best results of the year, but more importantly it was the first race where I was able to maintain pace and actually move forward at the end. We learnt so much, especially in regard to the weight distribution which we’ve struggled with.
It confirmed our thoughts over the last few rounds of the direction we need to take, and hopefully some of the ideas we have to try and Donington Park will move us forward.
I’m optimistic and excited to race at the home round in the UK, and I’d like to make that step further there in front of our fans.
Lorenzo Savadori #32
Grid - P12 Race - P13, 3 points
This weekend has been very difficult for me. Today my start was OK, but it was difficult for me to fight with the guys around me. The main problem today was stopping the bike and turning, which was a problem yesterday too. I am happy to get more points for the team in both races, but we know that we can be fighting for the higher positions.
We didn’t start this weekend in a very good direction, but we have a lot of data to analyse for the next race at Donington Park. I know for sure that the guys at SMR and Aprilia Racing are working really hard, and believe we can make progress for Round 6.
Mick Shanley, Team Manager
"It was a bit of an up-and-down day really. With Eugene things are positive, he was consistent in FP1 and then immediately quicker in FP2. He had a strange little crash which hurt the rhythm of the session. We've got a few things to work on to improve the balance of the bike, but we have some things to try and should be in a better position for FP3 and Superpole.
It's one of Lorenzo's home circuits, but he's struggled today. Maybe it is a result of his crash in Assen, but there's still something we need to find on his bike. Rest assured we'll be working as hard as possible to try and find the answer for him tomorrow, and hopefully he can have a smoother day."