MotoGP: New upgrades for Aprilia at ‘favourable’ Sachsenring

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Aprilia will once again bring new parts for their RS-GP MotoGP machine this weekend to the German round of MotoGP at Sachsenring, with new chassis and engine components and further refinements to their electronics package expected to give Stefan Bradl and Álvaro Bautista a boost.

And on top of that, team boss Fausto Gresini has admitted that the nature of the German circuit will play into their hands, as their well handling bike comes to the fore and relative lack of power takes a back seat.


“On paper, the Sachsenring could be a favourable track for the RS-GP. Up to now we have done some significant work on the bike, which is obviously ongoing, constantly striving to be more competitive.

“On such a winding track, where top speed is relatively not so important, it will be important to find a good compromise for the setup and we are confident that we will be able to do just that. We are, therefore, arriving in Germany confident that we can battle for a good placement with both of our riders.”

And aiding that will be a host of new parts that head of racing for the Italian firm Romano Albesiano says should help close the distance to the group ahead of them in the standings.

“The Sachsenring is a decidedly peculiar track, where engine performance has little impact on the overall result. Just imagine that maximum power is used for about 10-15% of the lap, whereas the electronics setup and the chassis features are fundamental.

“What is needed most of all is handling and the ability to find the right line on the turns, both in acceleration and without the throttle. Another delicate aspect concerns the first right-hander after a long section with the bike leaned to the left, a crucial point of the track that must be managed very carefully.

“As for our development path, in Germany we will be bringing a new swinging arm, significantly lighter and with different stiffness parameters, and some components on the intake side of the engine that should guarantee a step forward in terms of torque at medium rpm.”

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer