Pol had to go in full test with the Honda to get gasoline

The Aprilias, with Aleix first and Smith second, were the fastest in a day in which they rode, the testers of several factories and MotoGP holders with street bikes.


MotoGP's first contact with the spectacular Portimao circuit ended up being led by the Aprilias, with Aleix Espargaró ahead of his boxing partner, Bradley Smith. However, and in reality, very clear conclusions cannot be drawn with a view to the GP that will take place there on the weekend of November 22, because it has been a kind of 'pachanga' in which they have shared MotoGP prototype tracks with street bikes in the hands of some top class pilots and more prototypes, from the test teams of the different factories.

In that last group was Jorge Lorenzo, who has reappeared nine months later with the M1 and has stayed at 4,740 of the 1: 40,170 that Aleix has established as the best time of the day. That time is two tenths faster than the SBK record, held by champion Rea since last year in the Superpole with 1: 40.372.

On the one hand, there were the test riders, such as Savadori (Aprilia), Bradl (Honda), Pedrosa (KTM), Lorenzo (Yamaha), Pirro (Ducati) and Guintoli (Suzuki). These, mainly, have worked with the tires and the change, so that the owners of each factory have as much information as possible when their time to roll comes. The only MotoGP riders who have ridden their real bikes have been Aleix and Smith, so they will have an advantage when the GP arrives. The rest were riders who did not know Portimao, except the Portuguese Oliveira, and who have ridden with a street motorcycle to find out where the circuit is going.

It serves to better understand the 'pachanga' of Pol Espargaró's experience in this test. He has done it with a street Honda Firblade, with its lights and its kickstand (Maverick left him the stand), and he had no supply of gasoline, so he had to go to a gas station to refuel in the middle of the session.

Those who have not been have been Lecuona, Quartararo, Crutchlow and the injured Márquez, who had already filmed in Portimao.

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