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Edwards targets victory at Estoril

Edwards targets victory at Estoril

Edwards targets victory at Estoril

Colin Edwards is aiming for a return to the podium at Estoril this weekend but says he will be satisfied with nothing less than victory at the Portuguese circuit. The former World Superbike Champion took his first MotoGP rostrum at Donington Park before the summer break but was less impressive in the last round at Brno, struggling to seventh place.

However, the ‘Texan Tornado' is confident that there will be plenty more champagne to come for him this season and assures his fans that he will be doing all he can to take his first Grand Prix victory in the final six races of the year.

"When you believe in yourself as much as I do or as much as any of the guys out here I think you have one passion, and that's to win," says Edwards. "That's it. Second and third that's the first and second loser and it doesn't interest me.

"You have to stay mentally focused and strong and as soon as you think that any of these guys are better than you are, then you'd better just pack your ass and go home because there's no point being around. You have to stay positive, and I've found a way to do that throughout my entire career, it's worked in the past."

Edwards is no stranger to strong finishes, his last WSB success coming with nine victories in the final nine races to snatch the title in dramatic fashion from runaway leader Troy Bayliss. It is a bit late for a similar charge to usurp Valentino Rossi, Sete Gibernau or Max Biaggi this season, but the American firmly believes that his previous record bodes well.

"From my past I've never been the guy who comes out of the first race strong, I always seem to catch my stride mid-season. I don't know if it's my head or anything, we've just got the bike working, so I don't feel like it's anything before that.

"I just feel like the year's starting, I'm going out there to win every race. I don't feel like it's winding down at all, when we get to Valencia and we're on the final lap maybe, but until we get there, not at all."

The Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend presents the perfect opportunity for Edwards to mount his charge, having enjoyed his first visit to the track riding the Aprilia last season.

"I just seem to click with the circuit, I think there is some slow stuff, a couple of fast things. It's a good track, it does get windy, but that's part of it, everybody has to deal with the same elements and there's a cool town nearby. It's a cool place to go and have a race."

To see this interview in full, as well as key images from Edwards' season so far, click on the link at the top of the page.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL, Colin Edwards

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