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May 15, 2001

Aprilia World Superbike Squad Tests At Misano Today And Tomorrow

Aprilia has issued a press release converning a private Superbike team test session at Misano Adriatico today, May 15 and tomorrow, May 16. The release reads as follows:<BR><BR>"Private test session for the official Aprilia Superbike squad at Misano's Santamonica Circuit. After Monza's weekend, Corser, Laconi and Antonello set the track again to prepare the races on next 24 June.<BR><BR>"Only one day stop after Monza's weekend and the Aprilia's RSW Mille started to run again on Misano's Santamonica circuit for the first of two days of private tests. Official riders Troy Corser and Regis Laconi with the test rider Alessandro Antonello started to prepare the San Marino's GP held out there next month on this technical circuit close to the Adriatic sea. <BR><BR>"Set-up, final gearing and tire tests are the scheduled work that the Aprilia's riders have to face during these two days. Here weather condition are good after the rain of the past days. <BR><BR>"On the track also the 500cc GP bike, today 'laboratory' bike of Noale's Race Department, with Roberto Rolfo as rider. On the experimental Aprilia's bike are tested some details that the 'Factory' will use on next projects.<BR><BR>"Cloudy sky in the morning, almost clear in the noon, blowing wind. Temperatures: 20° air/ 22° ground - Afternoon: 25°air/35 ground. (C)<BR><BR>"Hard job for Troy Corser setting 93 laps: 'Good job on bike set-up, I tested two different front fork, many brake systems and race tires, riding many laps to test them strongly. I like this track so I can really ride fast out there, it's proved by times. I had some difficulties due the blowing wind, disturbing you when you are riding into Misano1 turn and outside the Carro, just before the long straight. Really powerful engine compare to the last year one that, anyway, gave me the possibility to reach a double victory. Today I didn't push hard, tomorrow we will see how we are improving with the schedule.' <BR><BR>"Really enthusiastic talking about the track, Regis Laconi, first time here in Misano: 'I tested many race tires solution and today's 70 laps are not so heavy. I will continue tomorrow the set-up program. I have a big feeling with the track: ideal with my riding style.'<BR><BR>"60 laps for Alessandro Antonello: 'I'm working a lot on the suspension set-up due to increase its efficiency on some track bumps which have one of the most difficult grip to understand. I will found all the solutions that should give the possibility to reach the best set-up.'<BR><BR>"All riders were today on race tires.<BR><BR>"Unofficial times, from data acquisition:<BR><BR>"Troy Corser: 1:36.190 - Regis Laconi: 1:37.716 - Alessandro Antonello 1:36.701" <BR>