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Colin Edwards : `I am 99% sure I will be riding for Aprilia in MotoGP´

Colin Edwards : `I am 99% sure I will be riding for Aprilia in MotoGP´

Colin Edwards : `I am 99% sure I will be riding for Aprilia in MotoGP´

American rider Colin Edwards has revealed that he is ready to sign for Aprilia´s MotoGP effort in 2003. The Superbike World Champion hopes to follow in the footsteps of former title holder and great rival Troy Bayliss by taking the opportunity to ride for an Italian factory in the premier class of motorcycle racing. Whilst Bayliss was the natural choice for Ducati, Edwards has been the subject of mounting speculation in recent weeks but says he is now convinced of where his future lies.

`I am 99% sure I will be riding for Aprilia in MotoGP next year,´ says Edwards. `I´m just sat here waiting to get the okay from Michelin and then the contract will be signed. I had a letter of intent with Ducati to stay in WSB but that got blown out of the water and Honda came in with an offer to ride on Bridgestones in MotoGP. Then I thought I might as well talk to everyone else and it just escalated. This was the most interesting offer - Aprilia need some help with development and I think I am the man to do it´.

The `Texas Tornado´ expressed both excitement and determination at the daunting prospect of racing against some of the top motorcycling talent in the world, including his former Suzuka 8 hour team-mates Valentino Rossi and Daijiro Kato. `These guys are serious,´ he remarked. `It is definitely not going to be easy. It will not be a piece of cake but I have done it before and I can do it again. I just want to get out there and race these guys.´

Edwards is now passing time in his native Texas before heading out to Europe to begin his MotoGP adventure. `Hopefully I´ll be going over to Italy soon to have a look around the factory then I´ll stay in Europe for the Valencia race. I was going to go down to Phillip Island this weekend but there was a mix-up with the tickets so I will have to wait for another couple of weeks and head to Spain.´

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MotoGP, 2002, Colin Edwards

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