FINAL LAPS OF 2019 FOR ALEIX ESPARGARÓ, ANDREA IANNONE AND BRADLEY SMITH. RE-START ON FEBRUARY 2020 AT SEPANG, IN MALAYSIA.
Jerez de la Frontera, 26 November 2019 - Two days of tests in Jerez de la Frontera officially closed out the MotoGP season. The tests were partially marred by the weather, with rain falling on the Spanish track during the final session.
In Noale, work continues non-stop on the new 2020 RS-GP, a revamped project with the clear goal of marking a turning point for Aprilia. So, Aleix Espargaró, Andrea Iannone and Bradley Smith worked on the 2019 package, analyzing new solutions, especially in terms of electronics, making progress from which the new prototype will be able to benefit.
The Spanish tests were also a chance for the new engineers who have embraced the Aprilia project to make their début, important reinforcements in anticipation of the new season that will start with the Sepang tests in February 2020.
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ALEIX ESPARGARO' (bike no. 41): "The Jerez tests are more relevant than the Valencia tests because this is a more traditional and more indicative track. We continued working on the 2019 package with a few changes to the electronics, which is an area we are strengthening.
Now the ball is in the Aprilia engineers’ court as they develop the 2020 prototype. The coming months will be crucial in achieving the objective of having the new bike on the track in Sepang."
ANDREA IANNONE (bike no. 29): "Unfortunately, we were a bit limited during these two days, both because of the weather and because I arrived in Jerez with a fever. In any case, we found some interesting things to work on over the winter in order to show up in Sepang stronger than before. The work done by Michelin on the new tyres also seemed to go very well. I’ll stay in contact with the guys in Noale now to follow development of the new bike. It will be important for me to be able to make a step forward next season."
BRADLEY SMITH (bike no. 38): "Our programme here was not much different than the one in Valencia. We are gathering the final data that will allow the racing department to refine the 2020 bike. The weather wasn’t the best, especially on the second day, but we tried to provide as much information as possible, even lapping in the wet."