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Edwards happy with 800cc progress in the dry at Sepang

Edwards happy with 800cc progress in the dry at Sepang

Edwards happy with 800cc progress in the dry at Sepang

Despite leading the way yesterday in testing at Sepang, Colin Edwards was less than happy to see his progress interrupted by rain. Although third today, the Texan Tornado was able to put in more laps on the Yamaha 800cc, and despite a small excursion into the gravel on turn one of the Malaysian circuit, he was nonetheless satisfied with the work carried out on day two.

"The sun came out today, luckily, but the track was still wet this morning so we had to wait until about eleven before we could get going," explained Edwards after the days events. "Anyway things felt pretty good straight away and we were able to start doing some real work, playing around with some new stuff and just generally improving the setting all over. We then tested some new front tyres for Michelin and the second one especially felt really good. As a result I was pushing quite hard and just held onto the brake a little too long into turn one, which is when I came off. It wasn't a big crash; I was trying to find the limit and it just bottomed out. Anyway it wasn't a great drama and within half an hour I was back out on the same bike. After that we just kept on tweaking away at the setting; we ruled a few things out and some things in and made a lot of progress. I feel like we've accomplished a lot in a short time and now we've just got a few more things to try out tomorrow before we head home."

Team director Davide Brivio was also happy with the continued development of the new bike.

"Today was a good day and, although we had to wait for the track to dry, we had time to get through a lot of work. Colin went well today and he was able to give some very important information to our engineers, as well as put in some good lap times. We managed to complete everything we had scheduled for the day and we're pleased with his progress. Finally we have decided to stay for one more half day of testing tomorrow to make up for the time we lost yesterday, and then we will have a short break before the next test in Jerez, which is also going to be very important for the ongoing development of our bike."

MotoGP, 2006, Colin Edwards

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