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Updated: McCoy gets Aprilia ride!

Aprilia has now confirmed that Garry McCoy will make a surprise MotoGP return, by replacing the injured Shane Byrne in the three remaining rounds that follow this weekend's inaugural Qatar Grand Prix.

This morning, Toby Moody broke the news - via - that the 'Slide King' would ride an RS Cube at both the upcoming Malaysian and Australian GPs - which take place on October 10 and 17 respectively - and McCoy is now expected to race in the Valencia season finale as well.

"Garry contacted us after Japan and from that moment we were seriously considering him for a ride on the RS Cube," explained Aprilia racing chief Jan Witteveen.

"He brings with him great quality, but he is also the only rider who has no contract problems with the World Superbike championship finishing on Sunday," added Witteveen. "We are looking forward to working him because we know he is a rider of great talent."

Fan favourite McCoy won three 500 GPs during a premier-class career that lasted from 1998-2003 but, after a disappointing season with Kawasaki, the Australian accepted an offer to ride for the NCR Ducati team in the 2004 World Superbike championship.

McCoy currently sits sixth in the standings, with one race win - at Phillip Island, home of the Australian GP - to his credit.

With the 2004 WSBK season finishing this weekend at Magny-Cours, McCoy will then join Aprilia regular Jeremy McWilliams at Sepang the following weekend.

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McCoy, Brands Hatch WSBK, Race 1, 2004
Garry McCoy lights up his rear tyre during the Catalan GP.
Byrne, Czech MotoGP, 2004
Sam Lowes` Aprilia, Qatar MotoGP test, March 2017
Sam Lowes Aleix Espargaro Romano Albesiano
Aleix Espargrao with new Aprilia fairing, Phillip Island MotoGP Test, February 2017
Crutchlow, Lowes, Phillip Island MotoGP Test, February 2017
Crutchlow, Lowes, Phillip Island MotoGP Test, February 2017
The Aprilia pits, the RS-GP has a significantly swept back front windscreen (Peter McLaren)
Sam Lowes, Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Sam Lowes, Aprilia, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Aprilia team drying the track, Australian MotoGP 2016
Aprilia, Austrian MotoGP 2016
Aprilia, Austrian MotoGP 2016
Sam Lowes at Austria test (pic: Aprilia)
Sam Lowes at Austria test (pic: Aprilia)
Sam Lowes makes MotoGP debut for Aprilia
Sam Lowes tests Aprilia

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