RS-GP track debut made with drama, with test rider Mike di Meglio fractured his elbow after a fall on day one its first lap.
Di Meglio reported he had a “heavy fall, a big high side” during the day and underwent surgery on his right elbow in Toulouse on Thursday.
Aprilia Racing manager Romano Albesiano claims that, the first impression was positive.
“Well, first of all it was very exciting to finally be on the track after a lot of work,” said Albesiano.
“We started with a blank sheet to arrive at what is the first real MotoGP bike entirely conceived, designed and built by Aprilia in every one of its parts.
“The two days returned positive results, although it was actually a shakedown, so the purpose was first and foremost to check the correct operation of all the RS-GP 16 components. It’s a shame about the crash that put Mike out of commission after the first day and we hope to have him back in the saddle soon.
“We have a lot of work ahead of us to improve the bike. Now it will be up to Bautista and Bradl to get the RS-GP 16 racing. The days ahead in Qatar will be another very important milestone.”
Following its private Qatar test, Aprilia will skip the official Phillip Island.