VARIABLE WEATHER AND HARD BRAKING. ALEIX ESPARGARO’ AND SCOTT REDDING ARE PREPARED FOR THE RACE, ON SUNDAY 20 MAY 2018.
Le Mans (France), 15 May 2018 – The second European round of the 2018 MotoGP World Championship will be held this weekend, 18-20 May, on the French "Bugatti" circuit in Le Mans. A historic theatre for international motorsports, it is part of the famous Circuit de la Sarthe that hosts the renowned "24 Hours" endurance competition.
The Aprilia Racing Team Gresini arrives at the French round after two days of hard work at Mugello which served to try out entirely new setups for Scott Redding, still looking for an effective and stable setup for his RS-GP. Development on the bike for the English rider seems to be moving in the right direction and now it will need to be verified this weekend.
Aleix Espargaró, on the other hand, focused on testing new components. In particular, he tested a new carbon swingarm with good sensations, so much that it is now expected to make its debut in one of the next races.
ALEIX ESPARGARO' (bike no. 41): "Le Mans is a particular track; very 'stop-and-go', with hard braking and abrupt acceleration. The climate also contributes to increase the level of difficulty, so first and foremost I hope to find consistent weather.
My goal is still to stay in the top six. We have the potential and in the Mugello tests we took another step forward."
SCOTT REDDING (bike no. 45): "I like the French track. It is rather different than the others on the calendar. In the two days of testing at Mugello we made some radical changes to the setup of my RS-GP and I think we will be able to start from these informations, given the positive sensations.
In these early races the results have not been what we expected, but I know that I have greater potential. I want to thank the guys on the team for the support they're giving me. They deserve a great result for all their hard work."