Giugliano and Savadori score for Milwaukee Aprilia in Race 1 at Assen
TT Circuit Assen, 21/4/18
Milwaukee Aprilia riders Davide Giugliano and Lorenzo Savadori both scored points in Race 1 at Assen despite a crash for Lorenzo at Turn 5
Mixed fortunes in Superpole saw Davide struggle to get out of Superpole 1 after reporting issues with his qualifying tyres, and he lined up P16. Lorenzo conversely enjoyed his best Superpole of 2018, securing a strong P4 only 0.6s from pole. He had looked good for a front row start earlier in the session until low rear grip cost him the chance to push for a faster time.
Davide made up a position on the start, moving past Jacobsen for P15. He was re-passed on Lap 5, and tailed Jacobsen for the race distance. He gained a position after Lorenzo's Turn 5 crash to go P15, and made up another two places on Lap 18. Davide held strong for the final laps, and came home P13 to score points for the third time in a row since riding for Milwaukee Aprilia.
Lorenzo lost out at the start, slipping back to P9 on Lap 1 after a slow getaway from his grid slot. He was caught up in a fight with Baz and Razgatlioglu for position, with Mercado joining the fray. Lorenzo held P10 up to Lap 12, when he took Mercado for P9. He then made a pass on Razgatlioglu stick to take P8 on Lap 13, but a crash on Lap 14 at Turn 5 ruined his progress. He was able to pick his bike up and restart, rejoining the race P16. He was still able to pass Hernandez on Lap 19 for P15, and finished in that position to take 1 consolation point.
Davide and Lorenzo will line up P16 and P11 respectively for Race 2 on Sunday, with another opportunity to score points for the team and build on their results from Saturday.
Warm up begins on Sunday 21st at 09:35 local time (GMT +1) ahead of Race 2 at 13:00.
Davide Giugliano #34 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Superpole 1 result:
1'36.417 - P16 on grid
Race 1 result:
P13 - 3 points
Race 2 grid:
P16 - Row 6
"In the Superpole I had a problem with the new tyre. It was really difficult to push on it and I didn’t feel comfortable with it. P17 was disappointing for sure and I really wanted to start higher up.
In the race I lost a lot of time in the first 6/7 laps. I was pushing the whole race, but I expected my pace to be better honestly. I made up some places in the final laps to take P13 and some points, but I know we can do more.
Of course it is never good to start low down the grid and if Superpole was stronger we would have more points. We have things to work on tonight that should help me in Race 2, and I hope to have a strong result.
Lorenzo Savadori #32 - Aprilia RSV4-RF
Superpole 2 result:
1'34.739 - P4 on grid
Race 1 result:
P15 - 1 point
Race 2 grid:
P11 - Row 4
"Qualifying was positive and the second row P4 was a good result for us. I had some movement on the rear when we switched to the qualifying tyre, and I think without that I could have made the front row.
In the race I struggled a lot at the beginning with a fuel tank. I lost out some places at the start which was not good, but I started to reduce the gap to the guys in front and was up to P8 later in the race. Then I made a mistake and had a crash at Turn 5, and we need to understand what caused the crash. I was able to pick the bike up, restart and finished P15 with 1 point, which was not what I hoped to get from P4 on the grid.
For tomorrow I need to improve the start and managing the first stint of the race. I need to find something to help me push more at the beginning, and to make it easier to challenge the riders in front.”