Aprilia's Friday as protagonist at Jerez de la Frontera was enhanced by Maverick Vinales. The former Yamaha rider finished in second place, immediately behind his teammate Aleix Espargarò by just two thousandths. A one-two that, awaiting tomorrow's verdicts, demonstrates the massive strides forward recorded on the Andalusian track, a difficult circuit for the RS-GP until last year.
“Our target is to get the potential from the bike and when we succeed we're always in the top four - the Spaniard declared - the important thing is to be consistent, even in the championship. In the races held so far we have shown that we have improved, now the stopwatch reflects the result of our work. In 2022 I struggled a lot here, today much less".
Vinales is already looking forward to the official qualifying sessions scheduled for tomorrow morning: "We have to analyze the data collected, modify some small things and figure out where to shave off further. I think that to start from the front row, you need a low 1'36".
And he added: "The bike performs well over all the track, rather it's me who has to fix something. Tomorrow we'll try to be more precise to keep ourselves at this level. The race pace is quite good, even if today's lap wasn't perfect".
Vinales also had to deal with a problem encountered by many other riders, namely making the bike corner: "I had some difficulties especially this morning, less so in the afternoon. This is one of the points on which we are focusing".
Instead, explaining what has changed compared to 2022: "I feel the bike better, I enter the corners more strongly, especially at 4 and 7 and in the last sector. Overall confidence is higher, but I still want more to be able to get the maximum potential from our technical package,” he concluded.