Aprilia Team Principal Paolo Bonora was very satisfied with the pilots’ performance after the Valencia test. The Italian was pleased with the data and experience collected.
The Aprilia factory team did not see the hoped-for end to the 2022 season in Valencia. Because not only did factory driver Alex Espargaro lose to Ina Bastianini (Ducati-Lenovo Team) in the duel for third place in the World Championship, the team who lost Noel also due to the double failure of Espargaro and Maverick Viñales finished second in the team classification.
But the test day on November 8 made team manager Paolo Bonora forget the bitter end of the 2022 season. Because the Italian confirmed to “motogp.com” that the test day ended with a generally positive result.
“We went into the test day with curiosity and were excited to see how our pilots would do. Among other things, we tested a new chassis and new electronics for the 2023 bike, and Maverick and Alex were very happy with the changes. The lap times confirmed this as well,” Bonura explained and shortly thereafter added the test values. A first for the new Aprilia RNF pilots: “Raul and Miguel gave us their opinions on the bike and explained where the strengths and weaknesses lie from their point of view.”
Times have stressed the testimonies of pilots. With Viñales setting the second fastest time, 0.225 seconds behind Luca Marini (Money Team VR46 Racing). Oliveira’s fastest time saw his KTM slip out of fourth place, and the Portuguese was just 0.335 down on Marini. Espargaro was fifth, 0.366 seconds behind. On the other hand, Raul Fernandez was only 21st after the day of testing.
Four drivers in the Aprilia lineup mean four different driving styles. Bonora does not see this as a hurdle, but rather as a positive influence on the development of next year’s bike. The Italian stated: “Test data and experience gained are key to building a competitive bike. We see different riding styles positively, because that shows us the strengths and weaknesses of our bikes. This is especially important for our engineers and factory staff, who will analyze the data.”
Valencia Motorcycle Test (8.11.):
1. Marini, Ducati, 1:30.032sec
2. Vinales, Aprilia, +0.225 sec
3. Bezzi, Ducati +0.230
4. Oliveira, Aprilia, +0.335
5. Alex Espargaro, Aprilia, +0.366
6. Di Gianantonio, Ducati, +0.451
7. Brad Bender, KTM, +0.464.464
8. Martin, Ducati +0.544
9. Quartararo, Yamaha +0.546
10- Bastianini, Ducati, +0.560.0000
11. Zarco, Ducati, +0.594.2007
12. Bagnaia, Ducati +0.623
13. Marc Marquez – Honda +0.644
14. Morbidelli, Yamaha +0.659
15. Alex Marquez, Ducati +0.680
16. Paul Espargaro, gas, +0.725
17- Miller, KTM, +0.755.0000
18. Mir, Honda +0.882
19. Nakagami, Honda +1,049
20. Raines, Honda, +1,196
21. Raul Fernandez, Aprilia, +1.308
22. Augusto Fernández, GASGAS, +1,698
23. Pirro, Ducati +2,773