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New Aprilia RS Cube unveiled at Genoa presentation

New Aprilia RS Cube unveiled at Genoa presentation

New Aprilia RS Cube unveiled at Genoa presentation

Aprilia Racing today unveiled the brand new version of the RS Cube at the team's official presentation in the picturesque port town of Genoa in the Liguria region of Italy. Jeremy McWilliams and Shane Byrne pulled the covers back on the MS sponsored machine, which features 235 new parts and a spectacular white and gold livery virtually identical to that of 250cc World Champion Manuel Poggiali's RSW250.

"There are 235 new parts on this bike, which shows that we are continually working hard to take this project forward," commented the factory's ebullient president Ivano Beggio.

"In past seasons we have become accustomed to building bikes which win races straight away, and we thought the same thing would happen when we originally presented our MotoGP project, but perhaps we forgot that we are specialists in two-stroke motorcycles and, even though we had competed with discreet results in Superbikes, four-stroke engines are extremely complicated. In Jeremy McWilliams we have a rider who knows our method of working and who, in turn, we know and respect."

Beggio then handed over to Technical Director Jan Witteven, who explained their decision to sign up relatively unknown British prospect Shane Byrne. "Shane has been chosen for his splendid results in the British Superbike series, which he won, and his two wildcard victories in WSB," he said. On the bike, Witteveen commented: "Some of the choices we made last year slowed down development of the bike but we still believe in the 3 cylinder format."

MotoGP, 2004

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