Each side of the Alice Aprilia team suffered contrasting fortunes at Motegi this afternoon, with Colin Edwards qualifying a competitive eighth, while team-mate Noriyuki Haga's home GP turned bad when he was flung from his RS Cube.

The Japanese fell after losing rear grip from his machine (pictured) and was then thrown high in the air when his sliding tyre suddenly gripped in a 'classic' highside scenario. Haga injured his back and fingers in the accident - although he fortunately escaped without any broken bones.

"I lost the rear when I was in the corner and was thrown up in the air," recalled Nori. "The impact with the track was hard, but I don't have any fractures. Other than that, my bikes still has chatter problems to sort out."

"Luckily Nori did not suffer any serious damage. Maybe it was a loss of grip in the rear but now I want to sort it out with the data recording," said Aprilia project leader Gigi Dall'Igna.

Team-mate Edwards also suffered from the chatter problems that have dogged the team all year, but that didn't stop him breaking into the provisional top ten.

"I did my best and finally got a good lap time," said the double WSBK champ (lower pic). "I feel confident, but we still have to improve the chassis settings because there's a bit of chattering in two different parts of the track. Anyway I'm happy because I'm in the top ten after some difficult races."

"Colin got a good lap time today so we are in a high spirits now," said Dall'Igna, before playing down the chatter issue. "We have no particular chattering problems here and have found a good solution in order to solve the problem for this race.

"We also have also different materials for the rear: swingarm, wheels and linkage to reduce the vibrations. Moreover the new Michelin tyres we tested in Jerez are very good: they have been built like the 17 even if they are 16.5," he explained.



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