Portimao MotoGP check: Raul Fernandez: “Now we have an unbelievable bike”, Miguel Oliveira “wish to be extra in entrance” | MotoGP


Though the RNF Aprilia duo failed to complete as excessive within the standings on day one, Fernandez was inside tenths of manufacturing facility riders Aleix Espargaro and Maverick Vinales, whereas Oliveira separated the 2 Spaniards.

Fernandez has accomplished his finest since becoming a member of Aprilia, whereas Oliveira’s easy transition from KTM put him in place to be a menace from the primary race.

Regardless of crashes from each riders on the ultimate day of pre-season testing, Fernandez and Oliveira imagine they’re in fine condition for subsequent week’s season opener.

Fernandez stated: “I am actually proud of our check, particularly right this moment. We had an ideal day and labored on the tempo on our personal. The pace is superb.

“On the final second, once I tried to do the time assault, I had somewhat crash. For that, I wish to apologize to my staff.

“However anyway, additionally due to them, we did an excellent job. I am very joyful, we’ve an unbelievable bike and I feel 2023 goes to be an excellent season for us.

“Aprilia labored very properly final yr, they created a unbelievable bike and I am very joyful general.

Fernandez is but to complete within the prime ten of a MotoGP race, however after placing a dismal 2022 marketing campaign behind him with Tech 3 KTM, such a end result may come sooner reasonably than later.

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For Oliveira, profitable races in the beginning of the season may current a problem given the type of many Ducati riders in pre-season, though the Portuguese rider has proven a knack for doing so when expectations weren’t there for him.

“After right this moment we’re properly positioned to begin the primary Grand Prix,” added Oliveira. “Though we wish to be a bit additional forward within the standings, our tempo was fairly sturdy and we have been there all day which is sweet.

“Sadly, within the afternoon of right this moment, through the time trial, I had a small fall, I pushed and I could not do something.

“Now we have work to do, I simply want to begin the race weekend to see the place we’re.”


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