Aprilia improves on Márquez and issues a warning

After three days of private testing in Jerez, Aleix Espargaró's RS-GP started with the best time and a record that Honda and KTM couldn't beat.

It is the brand with the smallest budget on the grid, investing about 20% less compared to Honda, and yet it has been able to complicate things for the Japanese team during recent private tests in Jerez. Since it landed in MotoGP six seasons ago, Aprilia's goal has been to rub shoulders with the greats and, to this day, its project continues to seek that winning path that they seem to have approached.

Currently Noale's are the only team that retains the concessions in the queen class, after KTM lost them in the last year after releasing its victory counter with Binder and Oliveira in Tech 3, in addition to adding five podiums with Pol Espargaró , and with its pair for 2021 formed by Aleix Espargaró and Lorenzo Savadori, they have taken advantage of them to release an engine from which they still expect more power, exhausts, a more angular fairing and a carbon swingarm that have left good impressions.

The sensations, without a doubt, have been positive since Aleix completed more than 100 laps and spoke the clock: he improved the race record that Márquez set in 2019 (1: 38.051) with his 1: 37.421. Something that Bradl could not boast of with Honda and Pedrosa, along with the KTM. "The new bike promises, the times have been good on a circuit that is not the best for us", highlights Espargaró in GPOne after the three days of testing, and is optimistic for a season from which they will really draw conclusions from from Qatar: “We are waiting for Losail, which will be where we will face the rest of the rivals and we will know what our level is”.In any case, the truth is that the Aprilia has been on the rise for three days in which it started behind Bradl's Honda and finished at the top of the times table, after several adjustments and a final day of training in which the Honda tester did not ride, after two intense days in which he began his personal preparation in case he had to replace Márquez in the first rounds of the course.Hope also in Honda

As KTM has done, the brand with the golden wing has benefited from its test pilot to draw some conclusions prior to the Qatar tests and, a priori, the feelings are also good within HRC. When a driver spends a lot of time on the track and little in the garage, it is a good sign and Bradl, during the two days he completed, was the most active with a difference compared to the rest of the team.

The German completed a total of 150 laps between Monday and Tuesday, setting a best time of 1: 38.289 that improved by practically one second the record with which he closed the first day, and although he was not able to lower the best time than owns the RC213V on the Andalusian track, the fact that the team ended the tests at the end of the second day suggests that Honda's efforts to evolve the chassis, improve cornering and find more grip are on the right track. In Losail (from March 5 to 7) more, and we will see if better ...

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