Aprilia's new signing Jeremy McWilliams continued testing at Phillip Island in Australia today, despite breaking a rib when he fell from the RS Cube in Malaysia last week.

"Occasionally the agony gets to be a little too much and I have to stop for a rest but we have a lot of work to do so we'll keep plugging away," said McWilliams, who still lapped the magnificent circuit in a time of 1min 33.66secs, quicker than the fastest Aprilia lap from last October's Australian GP.

Team-mate, and fellow Brit, Shane Byrne (lower pic) just pipped the former 250cc GP winner with a best time of 1min 33.22 seconds as the class rookie continued his near faultless progress.

Phillip Island test - leading day one times:

1. Colin Edwards USA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 31.06secs
2. Sete Gibernau SPA Telefonica Movistar Honda 1min 31.37secs
3. Valentino Rossi ITA Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha 1min 31.40secs
3. Max Biaggi ITA Camel Honda 1min 31.40secs
5. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda 1min 31.67secs
6. Alex Barros BRA Repsol Honda 1min 31.75secs
7. Makoto Tamada JPN Camel Honda 1min 31.85secs
8. Ruben Xaus SPA d'Antin Ducati 1min 32.11secs
9. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 32.16secs
10. Troy Bayliss ITA Ducati Marlboro 1mins 32.45secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha 1mins 32.58secs
11. Marco Melandri ITA Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 1mins 32.58secs
13. Shane Byrne GBR Aprilia Racing 1min 33.22secs
14. Neil Hodgson GBR d'Antin Ducati 1min 33.23secs
15. Jeremy McWilliams GBR Aprilia Racing 1min 33.66secs
16. Norick Abe JPN Fortuna Gauloises Tech 3 1mins 34.40secs

Comparative lap times:

Australian Grand Prix (19/10/2003):
Pole position: Valentino Rossi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 30.068secs
Fastest lap: Valentino Rossi ITA Repsol Honda 1min 31.421secs

Fastest Ducati lap: Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro 1min 32.109secs
Fastest Yamaha lap: Carlos Checa SPA Fortuna Yamaha 1min 32.593secs
Fastest Aprilia lap: Noriyuki Haga JPN Alice Aprilia 1min 34.048secs
Fastest Kawasaki lap: Garry McCoy AUS Kawasaki Racing Team 1min 34.060secs

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