THE RS-GP MACHINES IN WET RACE CONFIGURATION DO NOT ALLOW THEM TO REPEAT THE GREAT PERFORMANCE THEY HAD OPENED THE WEEKEND WITH.
2 April 2023 - The GP of Argentina, raced in wet conditions on the Termas de Rio Hondo track, proved to be rather difficult for the Aprilia Racing riders who finished with placements far from the performance they had opened the weekend with.
The race was held in a situation of light rain and the asphalt never showed signs of drying out. In these conditions, both Maverick and Aleix, who started respectively from the second and third row, progressively and consistently lost positions and fell out of contact with the leading group, finishing at the edge of the points zone.
For the Italian team, the task ahead will now be to analyze the data and identify the causes, but evidently the technical choices made on the bikes to prepare them for the wet race kept Aleix and Maverick from expressing their potential, which had been clearly demonstrated on this track throughout the weekend.(bike no. 41): “A bad race – maybe the hardest and longest since I’ve been with Aprilia. It’s really a pity after what we had demonstrated in the dry, but we can’t make excuses. In MotoGP, you must always be fast, no matter the conditions.
Today I started well. In the early laps, I was even able to maintain the pace of the leading group. However, at a certain point, the bike began to slide around a lot and I couldn’t give it gas even on the straight. It was a very strange feeling. Considering Maverick and Raùl’s difficulties as well, we’ll need to work with the engineers to figure out what went wrong and make sure it doesn’t happen again.”
Maverick Viñales (bike no. 12): “I gave it my all with what I had available. It was 4 points today, but we need to make sure that it’s a lot more for the next wet race. The problem was the traction. Braking and going into turns, I felt strong and made up ground, but coming out of the corners, there was nothing I could do.
At a certain point, I assessed the situation and just focused on getting the bike to the finish line and shifting the goal to Austin.”