The previous system—the now-omnipresent slipper clutches—could not do the whole job, as it was “right” mainly for one gear and somewhat “wrong” in all other gears. That was why Colin Edwards told me the story about clutch-setting at Aprilia during his year spent riding the three-cylinder, 990cc “Cube.” Edwards would practice, find out where engine braking was worst, come in and the crew might add a .003-inch shim. Then, he went out again to find that the problem was better in one corner but worse in two others. Back to pit lane, take out a .005-inch shim and so on. The problem was vigorously pursued but never caught.