Aprilia's MotoGP project has suffered a setback. The 2016 version of their RS-GP MotoGP machine will not be ready in time for the first official IRTA test at Sepang, according to a report by Crash.net's Neil Morrison. Instead, it will make its debut in a private test at Qatar, ahead of the third preseason test of 2016, with its first public outing coming in that third and final test, two weeks before the start of the 2016 season.
The final part of our review of the 2015 season, takes a look at the riders at the bottom end of the championship. Though they finished well behind the leaders, the list still contains some big names and interesting stories. Near the top are the Aprilias of Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl, as well as the surprising Loris Baz. There is the tough times faced by the Open class Honda riders, including Nicky Hayden and Jack Miller. And at the bottom, the men gritting their teeth through injury, including Alex De Angelis and Karel Abraham.
So, testing is over and the winter test ban can start. Riders who intend to race in 2016 are banned from testing between 1st December 2015 and 31st January 2016. Engineers now have a long winter ahead of them to try to make sense of the data gathered at the test at Valencia and Jerez, or else send their test riders out in the chill of winter, as Aprilia intend to do at Jerez in a few weeks. Those engineers have an awful lot of work ahead of them.
Press releases from the MotoGP and World Superbike teams after the final day of testing at Jerez:
The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team positively concludes the final tests of the 2015 season at Jerez
Jerez de la Frontera (Spain), Friday 27 November 2015 – The Aruba.it Racing - Ducati Superbike Team has concluded the season positively with a three-day test at the Spanish circuit of Jerez, where the team was complete once more with Davide Giugliano making his return after a four-month break.
Have HRC made the same mistake again? In 2015, the Honda RC213V was a nasty beast to tame, suffering with an excessively aggressive engine. The engine was probably the single most important reason Marc Márquez could not mount a realistic defense of his second title, forcing him to try to make up in braking what he was losing in acceleration, and crashing out as a result. At the Valencia test, all eyes were on Honda's new engine, to see if they had finally fixed the problem.
Press releases from the Repsol Honda, Gresini Aprilia and Aspar Ducati teams after testing on Thursday at Jerez:
Testing continues in Jerez for Marquez and Pedrosa
The Repsol Honda Team have completed a productive second day of testing in Jerez.
Cold temperatures of 5ºC welcomed the team at the track but by late morning it had soon warmed up to 18ºC and once again remained dry and sunny for the duration of the test.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams after the two-day test at Valencia:
2016 Pre-Season Test concludes in Valencia
The Repsol Honda Team have finished their Valencia testing programme with Marc Marquez finishing 1st and Dani Pedrosa 3rd.
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the final race of 2015 at Valencia:
Lorenzo Clinches MotoGP World Championship Title with a Faultless Win in Valencia
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after qualifying for the final Grand Prix of the year at Valencia:
Lorenzo Stuns with Perfect Pole in Spain
Press releases from the MotoGP teams and Bridgestone after the first day of practice at Valencia:
Season finale gets underway in Valencia
The final race of 2015 has begun in Valencia today with Repsol Honda’s Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa finishing the first day 2nd and 3rd respectively in the combined times.