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MotoGP, Bonora: "Expectations too high, Aprilia did not achieve its objectives"

The Noale Race Manager knows that the RS-GP must improve: "in the second part of the season we threw away some good opportunities, braking is the point to focus on"

MotoGP: Bonora:

Despite the two victories obtained at Silverstone and Barcelona, the 2023 season that has just ended did not entirely satisfy the Aprilia men. As has happened in the past, after a good start to the season the RS-GP lost competitiveness when it left Europe. A problem that Noale knows well and that they want to resolve as soon as possible.

Paolo Bonora, Aprilia's Race Manager, did not hide his disappointment in an interview granted to "to be completely honest, it wasn’t such a good year for us, probably because we started the season with expectations too high. We did not achieve the results we had set ourselves, despite good performances in Barcelona and Silverstone. In the second part of the season, we didn't score many points and we threw away many good opportunities, but we know what our weaknesses are."

What are they? “In some circuits we are very strong, where there are fast corners, but we have to improve in the more demanding braking, especially those where you arrive at high speed, you have to stop the bike and then pick it back up quicklywas the engineer's reply.

While the RS-GP still needs some improvements, Bonora is instead fully happy with the riders.

“Aleix had a wonderful first part of the season, winning at Barcelona and Silverstone,” he recalled. “In the second part of the year, we probably didn't sort out the bike for the conditions we found. We are happy with the rider, but we need to be more consistent and faster to give him what he needs."

Vinales also received a pass mark: "he improved a lot, session after session, race after race, now he is able to be more consistent at the start. In MotoGP you have to be in front of everyone at the first corner to get a good result and his comments were very helpful for Aprilia."

It must not be forgotten that, for the first time in MotoGP, the Noale company also had a satellite team.

“We are very happy to have a satellite team because from the beginning it helped us to better understand how our bike behaves with different riding styles – was Bonora's opinion - But we suffered from Oliveira's many injuries and this compromised his season, he has great talent but he didn’t show what he can do with our bike, I hope he has better luck next season. We liked Raul's progress; he is a rider who brakes hard and we can learn a lot from him."


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