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Colin Edwards, making himself at home

Colin Edwards, making himself at home

Colin Edwards, making himself at home

Colin Edwards is looking forward to getting back to competitive action in what will be his debut year for Yamaha in MotoGP. The American actually began his top-level career with the factory, clinching his first professional win on a Yamaha 250 at Daytona in 1992 before starting his World Superbike career with the factory three years later, and he has quickly felt at home with both the team and the YZR-M1.

Edwards, a specialist tyre tester, has worked extensively with Michelin and new Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli over the pre-season. The Gauloises Yamaha Team rookie's swift adaptation to the demands of the YZR-M1 has allowed him to focus on specific areas of development, such as engine mapping, to help create a competitive overall package.

"I am happy with how I've rounded off the end of the preseason testing and I was really glad to do some good work on race tyres during the official test in Jerez," says Edwards.

"It was useful to have a test at the same circuit as the first race and during all our hard work there we found a really good base set-up. I hope that when we get to Jerez on Friday we'll be able to start working straight away at the level we were at during the last test. Obviously it rained during the race last year, which wasn't good for me, but we had a good test in the wet during the official test and I'm confident that we're ready for that, too."

"After so much flying this year, eight tests since Valencia and so many track miles already ridden, I'm really happy that we're going racing at last! After the last tests I'm pleased with the bike and quite excited about the good package that we've got to start the season with. I feel like I've come a long way since I first sat on the Yamaha last November. The tests have been hard work but there's no denying it's good to get so many laps under my belt."

Having only ridden at Jerez for the first time on his arrival to MotoGP two seasons ago, Edwards doesn't have the same history there as Rossi and can only boast a best finish of seventh at the circuit. However, the Texan built on his knowledge at last week's official tests and says he's ready to challenge for the podium in any conditions.

"I rode a MotoGP bike for the very first time at Jerez and I've always liked the track. However I haven't had very much luck there since then and I'm looking to turn that around this year on the Yamaha!"

"I'm determined to do well at the first race, I won't be happy with anything less than the top step of the podium. I feel good about the forthcoming season and I hope that I will be fighting for the championship from this very first GP. The track has a good layout and it's definitely a rider's track. I'm looking forward to seeing all the crazy fans as usual and I think it will be a good place to kick off the new season!"


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