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Edwards satisfied with his progress on the RS Cube

Edwards satisfied with his progress on the RS Cube

Edwards satisfied with his progress on the RS Cube

American rider Colin Edwards has been out on track again with the Aprilia factory this week, in Jerez alongside the factory test-rider Marcellino Lucchi, and the Ducati trio of Capirossi, Bayliss and Guareschi. This is the second time Edwards has tested the three-cylinder RS Cube machine he will be riding in next season's MotoGP World Championship as part of the Italian factory team.

The Texan was evidently satisfied with the results of his testing so far, with work in this session coming to a close this afternoon. ´I think we are definitely making notable progress. We are working at a good pace and the development is visible. The power delivery of this bike is extraordinary, and its smoothness has improved since our last visit to Jerez with the machine already adapting to my riding style. I have a few problems with the tyre temperature, but when we do race here, it will be much warmer. After the first two days of tests here, I can say that I have a four or five-tenths of a second margin I could improve in, but I haven't used it at the moment because I don't know the bike completely yet, and my first objective is to be comfortable with it first´.

In the other camp, Ducati were also pleased with the development of the Desmosedici machine in the skilled hands of Capirossi and Bayliss. Their Track Technical Director, Corrado Cecchinelli revealed, `Every time we go out on the track we improve our times. Troy and Loris's efforts are rapidly moving forward our machine in terms of performance, especially with the data they feed back to us. Furthermore, they are setting good times with race tyres´.

MotoGP, 2002, Colin Edwards

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