Italian manufacturer Aprilia has wrapped up a three-day test at Mugello, in which Max Biaggi extensively put the ART-Aprilia MotoGP bike to its paces.
Biaggi completed a marathon haul of 176 laps over the 72-hour workout, recording a best time of 1:50.940.
For Aprilia however the lap time is not crucial at this stage, as they are more focused on gathering key data for the continued development of their current bike – already being used in the MotoGP World Championship – and in preparation for a new Aprilia prototype they hope will race in the premier class in 2016.
The importance of the tests was clear to Romano Albesiano, Aprilia Racing manager, who commented: “Max’s pace was very good and we have gathered valuable data. There is little more to add than what has been said already this week. We decided to try Biaggi because we knew we would get important information from his experience, so from this point of view, the test went as planned.”
Biaggi was happy with the feeling with the ART, saying, “The balance of these three days is definitely positive. From all points of view, adaptation to the bike, the tires, brakes, not to mention the physical effort with so many laps, it becomes important especially if you have not been on the bike for a long time.
“We did a good job, we were able to evaluate the different solutions available and I think I’ve provided some good ideas to the team.”