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Edwards reflects on his first experience aboard the Aprilia RS Cube

Edwards reflects on his first experience aboard the Aprilia RS Cube

Edwards reflects on his first experience aboard the Aprilia RS Cube

Colin Edwards this week tested in Jerez aboard the four-stroke Aprilia RS Cube he will ride in next year´s MotoGP World Championship. It was by no means a straightforward test as Edwards rode the machine on Michelin tyres for the first time, crashed on the first day and was held up by rain on the second day, but the Texan was satisfied that he was coming to terms with his new steed.

´Monday´s fall was my first real `contact´ with the system the RS Cube uses to unleash its horsepower,´ explained the World Superbike Champion. `I have spent 24 years of my life learning to open up the gas on a racing bike and on Monday I suddenly discovered a completely new way to do it. What actually happens is you give the command to a computer that sends it to the engine. It´s something new and has to be learnt. My very first experience, my debut with this system was pretty powerful. I closed the throttle at the moment I thought best, then there was a delay of a fraction of a second, the rear wheel started slipping and I went for a slide. It wouldn´t have made any difference if it had happened immediately or after an entire day of testing: it´s a reaction in the system that I´ve learned to understand.´.

Edwards added that despite the early teething problems, he was impressed with the potential of the Aprilia. `I am amazed by the Cube, it´s an extraordinary bike. You can customise it as much as you like with no end of different settings – it´s a lab on two wheels, really special. I was expecting a lot of power, but certainly not that much. We did a lot of work, in spite of the rain. It must be said you can´t feel changes in the set-up nearly as much when you´re riding in the wet, but I think we´ve been able to do some good work that will help us in the forthcoming sessions. So I´m very pleased and even though my elbow does hurt a bit when I think about it, it never bothered me when I was actually on my bike and riding. Now I can´t wait for the next tests to carry on developing the Cube, a bike I think has all the potential of a winner, and one I really want to get a good feeling for.´.

For his team-mate Noriyuki Haga, who has Grand Prix experience with the Yamaha YZR500, it was his second session aboard Aprilia´s MotoGP machine. ´I tried many different settings on the RS Cube. I knew it a bit already so I carried on working on the settings of the bike to make sure it suits my style of riding. I´m particularly pleased about the power of the engine, even though I rarely found myself able to open up fully and examine the finer details really carefully. But I´m very happy with the way the tests went and with all the work we´ve done.´

MotoGP, 2002, Colin Edwards

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