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Aprilia end Barcelona tests

Aprilia end Barcelona tests

Aprilia end Barcelona tests

With Yamaha testing at Mugello for the forthcoming Italian GP in a matter of weeks, Aprilia are also mixing long-term development with a quick glance at the short-term by completing sessions this week at the Montmelo circuit in Barcelona scene of round six of the MotoGP World Championships only seven days after the Italian race.

Immediately after the GP of Spain in which riders Colin Edwards and Nori Haga took 14th and 11th respectively, the Alice backed team headed north to Catalunya for further work on their three cylinder engine ´Cube´ technology.

The rider were out on the track both days from 10am to 6pm, completing 70 laps each on a track that was quite dirty on the first outing due to a strong wind but the temperatures remained pleasant around 21º. The team also undertook some more testing work with the Michelins. They tried out several new parts on the RS machine such as a new fuel tank and seat units that are expected to be used at the next GP at Le Mans next week.

Colin Edwards remarked: ´I was very tired after the GP of Spain and this further work virtually knocked me out! Eight hours riding each day, with a lot of stops in the pits, it definitely is not exciting but it helped us develop the bike a bit more and get some setting for the GP here.´ Noriyuki Haga commented: "The wind was a problem and a filthy track given us trouble in the first day but by the end I felt pretty good on the bike and that we had made some progress.´

Haga was marginally quicker than his team-mate by three tenths of a second with 1´45´5, one second away from last years pole time set by Max Biaggi on the four-stroke Yamaha and several seconds better than the Japanese rider's best effort at the pre-season MotoGP test at the same venue. Edwards recorded a 1´45´8.

The best race result achieved so far after three races was sixth place set by reigning World Superbike Champion Edwards in Suzuka for the season opener.

MotoGP, 2003

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