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MotoGP, Bautista: Red Bull Ring? Safety needs improving

"The walls are too close". Sam Lowes was also on the Aprilia in Austria: "I'm increasingly comfortable on the RS-GP"

Bautista: Red Bull Ring? Safety needs improving

Aprilia has also made the most of testing at the Red Bull Ring, taking the opportunity to get to grips with the track and prepare for the August GP.  With Bradl unable to ride the RS-GP as a result of his accident at Sachesenring that ruled him out of the race, Bautista, test rider Di Meglio and Lowes stepped in.

Sam is riding the Noale MotoGP bike for only the second time after the Misano tests and has continued with his 'apprenticeship'. The development work was, understandably, left to Alvaro who has re-tested the lighter swing-arm that was brought to the Sachsenring and a front fairing with new wings, wider than the previous ones.

The Spaniard completed 166 laps over two days and the lap times are deemed to “satisfactory” but have not been communicated.

“On this new track you need a lot of engine and bike that is stable in braking and acceleration - explains Bautista - We've worked with these goals inmind, finding some interesting solutions in preparation for the race. We need to make some more tests with the lighter swing-arm as I'm not yet sure it is of benefit. We should also mention that the layout is quite special, so it's quite difficult to make comparisons”.

He has some doubts as to the run-off areas, as do some other riders.

“From the safety point of view, there are a few points with very little run-off and walls that are very close, before the race it might be useful to consider some solutions considering also the high speeds”, he points out.

Sam LowesSam Lowes focused predominantly on his sensations with the bike, as well as learning the track, a useful exercise in preparation for the Moto2 race.

After my first experience at Misano, I'm starting to feel more comfortable on the RS-GP. The trend is positive, I've improved with every exit and we've started to work on the bike set-up to adapt it to my riding characteristics - he explains - We have further tests planned with Aprilia, right now l can say I'm satisfied with where we are. The track is great, there are some tight corners and some more flowing sections, overall it's a fun track. It's not too difficult to learn, you just need the right references when it comes to the blind braking points. Let's say that, after riding the RS-GP, the straights will seem even longer on the Moto2!

Translated by Heather Watson

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