Test day at COTA for Aprilia riders Scott Redding and Aleix Espargaro

After a GP with some good positives for Aprilia Racing Team Gresini, riders Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding are back out on track at the Circuit of the Americas following the race weekend – with testing duty lighting up Texas.

With the new engine to put through its paces, the Noale factory will be maximising track time – but Espargaro was positive after the race. “The bike was good, the engine was very fast” said the Spaniard. “I didn’t want to risk to much because the first two races were DNFs, but I’m satisfied because the weekend was tough and the first two races we had some problems with the fuel consumption. It was a solid race that makes us look toward the first European race with great confidence. Our level is high and we can be a surprise on more than one occasion.”

“Our weekend has started off well, but then I was unable to progress as much as I would have liked to” added the British rider. “I rode the race with the hardest tyre both on the front and on the back and the situation improved in terms of the front end, but I was lacking grip at the rear. To be honest, I expected more, but I can’t be disappointed: the bike has good potential, I just need to keep improving and learning.”

So the work continues – as does the progress.

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