Phillip Island, 19 February 2013 - Things are getting serious now: this weekend the 2013 Superbike season will start, with the Aprilia Racing Team committed to defending the double championship title they won last year. The team from Veneto has already been in Australia for a few days as they chose to take part in two pre-season test sessions. The test results were comforting for the two Aprilia standard bearers: Eugene Laverty continued working on fine tuning the set-up of his RSV4, especially to work with the new Pirelli 17 inch tyres, while Sylvain Guintoli put in some important kilometres on a bike which is new to him.
The clock confirmed that Eugene and Sylvain are in top form, so their first weekend of the 2013 season starts off with excellent potential. In any case, the extremely high level of the factory derivative world championship was clear throughout the tests. This is a competition where the difference between a good result and a reserve position is truly minimal. Precisely for this reason the riders and Team must give their all, just as the show on the track will be maximum entertainment.
Something new for the 2013 season is the possibility of making a pit stop to change tyres in the event of variable weather conditions, which required the team to conduct specific tests to verify procedures and prepare for the best way to go about handling such a delicate situation.
Eugene Laverty can't wait to get on the track: "I think we're ready for the race weekend. The tyre life is going to be the most important thing, but we're still a long way from Sunday so we don't know what the conditions will be. The Aprilia seems to be working, in my opinion, better than any other bike here for the balance, I'm positive we can start the season with some good results".
"The tests have gone well - Sylvain also confirms - over the days I got to know the bike better. We concentrated most of the work on making the bike fast for the race, which is going to be an issue for many people here. After this test sessions I feel closer to the bike and closer to my Team and this is really important. I'm looking forward to the weekend and I'm aiming to put on a good show on Sunday".