The private test session at Mugello last weekend allowed teams to tune up their race machines to tackle the upcoming French GP. Testing of new parts was also one of the major benefits of the test. Aprilia, too, utilized the weekend by testing out its new carbon fiber swingarm.
Both the Aprilia riders, Aleix Espargaro and Scott Redding, were present during the private test. Aleix spent the entire weekend testing out the new carbon fiber piece, which he has got positive vibes about.
He commented, “Le Mans is a lot of stop-and-go and the Aprilia is not the best for this. But I don’t care about the layout or the country we’re in, I will give one million percent in the next race to put the bike on the podium.”
He further added, “If there is a very small positive thing in all of this, it is that with three zeroes, it’s difficult to fight to put the bike in a good position in the championship. I don’t care. I will go 100% every weekend to try and fight for the podium until Valencia.”
Scott Redding also spent his time with his RS-GP to fine tune it as per his taste to fight in the upcoming French GP. He said, “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 this information, given the positive feelings.”
He continued, “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.”
Aprilia is pretty content with the test results from Mugello. It is quite likely that it will debut its new carbon fiber swingarm in the next 2018 MotoGP race in France. If not, then we are expecting to see them in the Italian GP during 1-3 June. Aprilia won’t be the first team to strap on a carbon fiber swingarm in MotoGP. Ducati has been using it since 2009, and Honda, too, boarded the train recently.