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Jeremy McWilliams fit and focussed after recovering from broken rib

Jeremy McWilliams fit and focussed after recovering from broken rib

Jeremy McWilliams is looking forward to rekindling a turbulent early relationship with the Aprilia RS Cube when the MotoGP Official Tests get underway at Barcelona next week, after recovering from a rib injury sustained in a testing spill at Sepang five weeks ago.

The British rider, who joined the Italian factory this winter, admitted the notoriously aggressive 3 cylinder 990cc four-stroke had a mind of its own after his first tests at Valencia in January and was proved right when it threw him into the gravel at high speed in the teams second preseason test in Malaysia. However, after being forced to sit-out virtually the entire three day session which followed at Phillip Island, the gritty 39 year old says he is doubly determined to make up for lost time in Spain.

I was really annoyed and frustrated that I couldnt ride at Phillip Island because I love the place and Im sure we could have made some progress with the bike, said McWilliams, who set pole position for the Australian Grand Prix in 2002 riding the two-stroke Proton KR3. We will have the same bike for Barcelona with some modifications but it has a good record at that track in particular and Im really looking forward to the test. The rib is fine now, no problems at all, so everything is in place to get a lot of work done and start moving forward again.

McWilliams and the rest of the Aprilia Racing team have an important date before the test, however, with their official presentation set to take place in Genoa, Italy, on Monday. Preparations for the event led to some extra curricular activities for the veteran and his rookie team-mate Shane Shakey Byrne last week. We were filming a video in Italy for the presentation and myself and Shakey had to be film stars for the day, laughed McWilliams. Everybody will see the results on Monday it was good fun but I think well both stick to riding motorcycles.

And that is precisely what McWilliams intends to do between now and the beginning of the season as he looks to make sure both he and the RS3 are competitive in time for the first race at Welkom, South Africa, on April 18th. Im back into my full training regime now and spending as much time on two wheels as I can mainly through trials riding. Im going to an Aprilia open day in Aberdeen tomorrow (Thursday) and then we have the presentation on Monday, but apart from that Im just focussing my efforts towards that next test at Barcelona because it is a very important one for me and for the whole team.

MotoGP, 2004

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