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Aprilia Racing presentation takes place in Milan

Aprilia Racing presentation takes place in Milan

Aprilia Racing presentation takes place in Milan

Beneath the slogan `East meets West with the Aprilia RS Cube´ yesterday in the vogue city of Milan the presentation of Alice Aprilia Racing took place. The team that will do battle in the 2003 MotoGP World Championship with it's three cylinder machine unveiled their line-up in a spectacular ceremony hosted by Ivano Beggio, President of Aprilia and guest star Inter striker Christian Vieri in attendance. The two riders in charge of the development of their racing effort, Texan Colin Edwards and Japan's Noriyuki Haga were the main focus of the proceedings.

The formalities reinforced the combination of the different cultures of the two riders, with ambiente music switching between ´country´ and Japanese harmonies. There was also some symbolic visual decoration with pictures of the Monument Valley and Monte Fuji.

Beggio reminded all with his speech the inexperienced technology of the RS Cube project in 2002 but said that the firm expects to tackle this season with higher objectives: `We must give a mark of ten to the 125 and 250. In MotoGP the score is inferior…for me. The team made maximum effort but maybe my heart won over my head in accepting the proposal when the conditons were not ideal, however, racing is my life. This year, without problems, I hope will turn out to be different´.

For his part, Colin Edwards joked with journalists concerning questions about their recent difficulties at the circuit of Mugello: `We had some trouble because it was a new track for me. In the World Championship, 12 of the 16 circuits I do not know, but this will not be a problem. I will learn the day before and when possible I'll ask Noriyuki to show me some lines. Anyway, there is no problem. I may come from the Superbikes but I have been riding since I was a boy and at the end of the day, all bikes have two wheels!´
Haga was more frugal but just as bold: `I like the bike, more with every new test and I want to win in Suzuka at the first race of the year. It´s my track!´

President Beggio rounded off the presentation by stated the Italian´s aim for the season: `We aspire to be in the top seven by the end of the year.´

MotoGP, 2003

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