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McWilliams improves relations with the Cube

McWilliams improves relations with the Cube

Jeremy McWilliams admitted that a tortuous first experience of the Aprilia RS Cube had turned into a profitable and progressive exercise after the second and final day of factory testing at Valencia on Saturday. The British rider had struggled to come to terms with the extreme power of the 3 cylinder four-stroke machine on Friday but felt much more comfortable today, when his new team-mate Shane Byrne again set the fastest time. British Superbike Champion Byrne, who has already tested the Aprilia twice whilst yesterday was McWilliams first outing on the machine, clocked a best lap of 135.7 within two seconds of the qualifying time set by Colin Edwards on the same bike at the final Grand Prix of the 2003 season in November.

Today I built up a relationship with the bike which just wasnt there yesterday, commented McWilliams, who was half a second off the time of Byrne. I have to admit that I had a torrid time yesterday and I wondered what Id got myself into, but we changed the mapping of the bike completely this morning and it suited me much more. I was able to go into the corners with both wheels on the ground and without feeling as if I was going to fall off. I am only a second off what I was doing here with the Proton but were not chasing times just yet just trying to get a feeling for the bike. As far as that is concerned I am much happier today we have got it working much more smoothly and it doesnt seem to have a mind of its own, which is what it was like yesterday. It really is the most powerful bike I have ever ridden, and that takes some getting used to, but I am optimistic about the work we have done here and about the potential of the bike in the future.

Unofficial lap times

Shane Byrne 135.7 (53 laps)
Jeremy McWilliams 136.2 (47 laps)
Marcellino Lucchi - 136.3 (60 laps)

MotoGP, 2003

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