Milwaukee Aprilia continued their 100% record for Superpole 2 starts this year in Free Practice at Donington Park on today (Friday).
After a difficult weekend in Round 5 at Imola, the team have brought a number of updates to the Donington Park circuit for Round 6 of the 2017 WorldSBK Championship.
Riders Lorenzo Savadori and Eugene Laverty, finishing the day a combined P8 and P12 respectively, responded positively to the updates but emphasised that they still have work to do ahead of Race 1 on Saturday.
Lorenzo reached Superpole 2 with a combined time of 1’28.621, with team mate Eugene required to take part in Superpole 1 after a combined time of 1’28.896.
The team now head into Free Practice 3 on Saturday morning, ahead of Superpole and Race 1. The action continues at #UKWorldSBK with Free Practice 3 at 09:09 GMT (+1 CET).
Lorenzo Savadori #32
FP1: P7, 1’28.261 FP2: P10, 1’28.805
Combined time: P8, 1’28.621
“Free Practice was not so bad today. It was important for us to get straight into Superpole 2 and I was quite happy with the pace in the sessions. We need to keep working hard, because we had some problems when the temperature rose. Aprilia have brought some new parts which have worked well, and we have some good data from them. FP3 will be really important for us to get the bike correct for the race and the weather may also change, so we still have some work to do.”
Eugene Laverty #50
FP1: P10, 1’28.896 FP2: P13, 1’28.971
Combined time: P12, 1’28.896
“It was a pretty difficult day if I’m honest. In the morning practice the bike felt good and I really thought we’d make some forward steps, but the changes we tried for the afternoon didn’t work. There were a few issues I had, mainly corner entry, but we know how to fix that so it shouldn’t cause further problems. The new parts we tried I feel are a good step in the right direction, and I hope we can get more from them this weekend. It’s a shame we have to do Superpole 1 tomorrow, but we’ll rally tonight and make sure we are in the best position we can be for Race 1.”