Giugliano leads home double points finish for Milwaukee Aprilia in red-flagged Race 1
MotorLand Aragon Circuit, 14/4/18
Milwaukee Aprilia rider Davide Giugliano led home teammate Lorenzo Savadori in a double points finish for the team at Aragon after a restart in Race 1
A disappointing Superpole saw Davide and Lorenzo start P14 and P10 respectively, with a crash for Lorenzo in Superpole 2 preventing him from chasing a faster lap. Both riders had confidence for the race though, with rain holding off despite grey skies over MotorLand Aragon. On the race start they each made up places, Lorenzo starting Lap 2 in P9 after a pass on Torres and Davide taking P12 after he passed Baz and Rinaldi ran wide.
On Lap 3 Lorenzo was chasing Camier hard for P8, but a crash for Camier at Turn 11 left Lorenzo and the chasing Torres with no room for avoiding action as all three riders hit the ground. The racing incident brought out the red flag, allowing Lorenzo to return to the box as his crew prepared the spare bike.
A quick restart procedure gave the teams limited time to prepare for the restart, but the spare bike was fired up in time for Lorenzo to head out and join the grid. With 17 laps left to contest the whole field was eager to make progress, and Davide and Lorenzo were quickly in the the thick of the action.
Davide made the most of his first racing start to adapt for the second half, and made rapid progress from P17 to pass Jacobsen for P16 on Lap 4. He held position and took a further three positions, passing Mercado, teammate Savadori and Hernandez all within 6 laps. He came home in P13 less than a second from P9 to take 3 points in an impressive finish for his debut with Milwaukee Aprilia.
Lorenzo struggled to adapt to his second bike, as an issue with his front brake impeded his progress. With his collarbone still healing from Round 1 he was in pain after the crash, but marched on and was able to finish P15 with a single valuable point.
With a morning warm up ahead of Race 2, the team now have a good opportunity to prepare the Aprilia to deliver strong results on Sunday.
Warm up begins on Sunday 15th at 09:35 local time (GMT +1) ahead of Race 2 at 13:00.
Shaun Muir - Team Principal
"It was an unlucky start for Lorenzo in the race to be caught up in the crash at Turn 11, and we're all wishing Leon [Camier] a speedy recovery. The crew did a really good job to get his spare bike ready in time for the restart. Of course with his collarbone still healing he was sore after coming off, so to bring the bike home with points was a good gauge for him to build on tomorrow.
On Davide's side I'm really impressed with his professionalism and his attitude, and he's been working really well with the guys. He started the race tentatively having had very limited track time here, but he was within a second off P9 at the end. For him to come from P17 to finish P13 with a bike that doesn't yet feel like home was a good result. We've got some good changes to make on the bike tomorrow so we expect him to perform well in Race 2, and I think a top ten is within his grasp."
Davide Giugliano #34 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Superpole 1 result:
1'51.632 - P14 on grid
Race 1 result:
P13 - 3 points
Race 2 grid:
P15 - Row 5
"Today was my first experience with the Milwaukee Aprilia bike on track, and for me it was really good. The bike feels nice to ride and it has good power, so I'm happy with it.
The track conditions were pretty difficult today, up and down. In FP1 the most, there was so much water and it was not easy for my first laps on the bike! I can’t say yet how tomorrow will be, we still have another practice session before Superpole and the race so we will just see how it goes in the morning first.
I feel confident though, the crew worked really hard today and they are great guys. I want to say thanks to Shaun and to the team for all the help, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”
Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Superpole 2 result:
1'50.809 - P10 on grid
Race 1 result:
P15 - 1 point
Race 2 grid:
P12 - Row 4
"We need to do a bit of work overnight, because at Chang we were able to make the bike easier to change and to make it more comfortable for me. We have some good ideas for what we can do tomorrow.
The weather today was not easy for us with wet then dry and wet conditions, but for me the bike was the same in all conditions and needs some improvements. We are still looking for the solution but I think we can have some good results on Saturday.
It’s good to have Davide with the team also. He is a good guy and a fast rider, and I’m happy to work with him. I wish also to Eugene a quick recovery.”