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Edwards pleased with Sepang test and looking forward to Jerez

Edwards pleased with Sepang test and looking forward to Jerez

Edwards pleased with Sepang test and looking forward to Jerez

Colin Edwards completed his first three-day test on the 800cc bike in Sepang today, coming in third fastest behind the Suzuki duo of John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen. The Texan was working with a new chassis today, and managed 32 laps of the Malaysian circuit before concluding his test at midday.

"Today was another really good day. I was quicker again and it felt really good to be able to consistently run fast times comfortably. We got a lot of great work done on a variety of things, even though we only tested in the morning. We did a fair bit for Michelin, they've got some good stuff and it seems pretty clear what the right direction is for us to go in with regards to tyres. We've played about with the chassis and the suspension, as well as a few other things, and when we came to add everything together you could see we were making some good progress. As far as getting input for the final bike they're going to roll out for us next year, I think we've done a pretty good job during these three days. I'm really happy with my first test on the 800, we seem to get on okay and now I am looking forward to the next test in Jerez, where I am sure Valentino and I together can make even more progress."

Crew Chief Daniele Romagnoli also reflected positively on the three days spent at the Asian track.

"This has been an encouraging first test for our team and for Colin with Yamaha's new 800cc bike. We've changed quite a bit with the overall set-up and we've definitely made some big improvements from the bike we first tried on Wednesday. We've also worked quite a lot on tyres with Michelin and found some options that seem to be working well for us. The most important thing is that Colin already seems to be getting on very well with the bike, he can ride it well and he's been fast all week. We're very satisfied with this first test and it seems like we're in good shape for this stage of development."

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MotoGP, 2006, Colin Edwards

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