Bradl: New ECU complicated

Aprilia rider Stefan Bradl has admitted that he is still getting accustomed to the new ECU that will be used next season as there is “a lot to learn”.

Bradl tested out the new electronics software during the MotoGP tests at Jerez and while he said it was different to the ECU used in the recently-concluded season, he did not say whether the new software was better or worse. 

“We focused on the new electronics and there is really a lot to learn. This is a different kind of work than usual,” he told reporters. “It may seem boring because of the long breaks but right now that is necessary both to provide information to the engineers and to create a base for the Aprilia Test Team to work from during the winter break.”

Bradl also had the opportunity to test out the new Michelin tyres, but conceded that he didn’t feel comfortable enough to try and record a quick lap.

Setting a fast pace wasn’t the priority for Bradl, team-mate Alvaro Bautista and test rider Mike De Meglio as they focused on getting to grips with the new ECU and tyres. 

“We certainly weren't concerned with lap times. The feeling still isn't right to push hard but I'm confident that the work we did over these past days will help us in 2016,” he said. “Now I'm happy to be able to take a few days of holiday and prepare for the new season as best as possible.”