Aprilia is starting to stand out, even if the 9th and 10th place finish for Bautista and Bradl are not the riders' best results. The German did better in Argentina and Holland, the Spaniard at his home race of Barcelona. At Aragon, what is interesting is that both finished ahead of the Ducatis of Dovizioso and Pirro.
The gap from the leaders is still significant though: 23.071 for Alvaro, 27.898 for Stefan.
"It was a good race, with two bikes in the top ten in a race without crashes. - underlined Romano Albesiano - The gap behind the leader is the lowest we have ever achieved, and that is rather encouraging data. Technically, the trend is very good. It is clear both from the performance in all the practice sessions and from the atmosphere within the entire team, which understandably becomes "charged" when our potential gets interesting. We are enjoying a positive phase, but we must keep our feet on the ground. Our work is certainly not done yet, given our objectives. We need to improve on all fronts, but we are aware of our potential."
"I had good sensations in the saddle throughout all the practice sessions - explains Bautista - Then, in FP4, when I had a consistent pace even with used tyres, I realized that we could do well in the race. I battled with Hernandez and with Dovi, managing to overtake them, and I fell in behind Pol whose times were very similar to mine. We maintained a good pace and I saw that we continued to make up ground on the group that was battling for fifth place, but toward the end of the race I lost a bit of feeling with the rear tyre. In any case, ninth place is a great result for me and for Aprilia, considering Stefan's performance as well. Since Misano we have definitely taken a step forward."
"I am happy with the top 10 and the weekend in general - echoes Bradl - We improved during practice and I hope to be able to continue this trend in the coming races. We took a step forward in terms of settings from the Misano race, especially improving in the braking phase and giving me a better feeling with the front tyre. We were able to further perfect things here, finding a good base straight away on Friday and then working to sort the details. Obviously, there is still room for improvement, for example in taking better advantage of the rear tyre to be faster with new tyres, but we are not far off."