Following a two-day World Superbike test at Jerez, the newly-formed Althea Aprilia Racing Team posted positive results.
With the Italian Davide Giugliano at the controls of the Aprilia RSV4, the team posted the fastest time on day one Wednesday, and the second fastest on day 2.
But quick laps times weren't the most important factor during the World SBK test. Rather, it was time for Giugliano to familiarize himself with the new team, which is run by Genesio Bevilacqua.
These results pleased the entire team and are validated by the fact that almost all of the top Superbike teams were present at the tests, and that Althea had not taken to the tracks since the last race of the 2012 season, in October at Magny-Cours.
Unfortunately the weather did not help matters, as the track was wet all day yesterday with the sun only drying the track later this morning, giving Davide the chance to build confidence with his new bike in dry conditions. A satisfied team Althea now prepares for the trip to Australia where practice sessions on February 14-15 and official testing on 18-19 will precede the opening round of the 2013 Superbike championship at Phillip Island.
Davide Giugliano (Althea Racing Aprilia RSV4) says: “I’m pleased with how testing has gone here in Jerez. I hadn’t been on a bike in months and couldn’t wait to get on track with my RSV4. I immediately found good feeling, both yesterday in the wet and today in the dry. I’m happy that I was able to record some fast lap times but more importantly I have quickly understood the character of this bike. We still have a lot of work to do of course and it will take time to ride the RSV4 to its full potential but I don’t think we could have made a better start, and for that I thank the entire team for all of their hard work.”
Genesio Bevilacqua (Althea Racing Aprilia Team Manager) says: “We are very pleased as we leave Jerez, the results here have exceeded our expectations. I particularly appreciated the enthusiasm that Davide and the team have shown here. We were all anxious about returning to the track after a long break and being faced with a bike that impressed us so much last year in terms of its performance. Davide immediately found the right feeling with the RSV4, so much so that he registered the fastest time yesterday and the second fastest today. The entire team worked well and we’re also happy with the work we are doing with Aprilia’s engineers. I think that we have refound that spirit and desire to stand out that allowed us to achieve great results in the past.”
World Superbike Jerez Test Times: Melandri 1’40”758 – Giugliano 1’40”861 – Laverty 1’41”044 – Camier 1’41”184 – Rea 1’41”641 – Guintoli 1’41”683 – Davies 1’41”726 – Haslam 1’42”411 – Cluzel 1’42”635