Aleix Espargaro announced that he is satisfied with the performance of Aprilia during the pre-season test opening of the MotoGP held at Sepang. Its performance excelled the most in a long distance race.
Espargaro is known to be a former rider under Suzuki. During the pre-season test, he was able to finish on the 13th place among the fastest under the combined classification category. The race test was held at the Malaysian track. Espargaro was only 0.740 seconds behind Maverick Vinales who is riding for Yamaha. Vinales is also known to be a pacesetter and the former teammate of Espargaro.
Espargaro was included among a number of riders that suffered a fall during the last day of running which interrupted the race simulation. He crashed with the latest version of RS-GP during the last leg of the Turn 15.
Espargaro said that because they were able to finish as the seven tenths after quickest rider and they have a very fast time from Maverick then they are quite satisfied with the result.
He added that as he is almost to the end, he performed a race simulation but he was only able to do 13 laps using the rear tyre before he crashed at the last corner. Espargaro thinks that the pace is not bad at that rate. He also believed that they are almost 12 seconds from the top riders which raced over a distance and it is the most important thing for him.
Aprilia brought to the race in Sepang a motorbike with engine that has been heavily revised which is under the 2017 updates of the brand. Espargaro presented his positive feedbacks about it and he also highlighted the fact that the new motor feature is not being used to its maximum potential.
Spaniard said that they have done a bit of tweaking to improve the engine. They have conducted tests on the new engine and it proved to be better than before. They also improve the speed as well as the acceleration.
He added that they are still improving the stability while being accelerated and improvement is being done in all their units of Aprilia motorbikes.