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Edwards expected to make return in China

Edwards expected to make return in China

Colin Edwards sat out yesterday's post-race test at Istanbul Park with a swollen knee, a consequence of his being caught up in the first lap crash involving Olivier Jacque, Dani Pedrosa and Chris Vermeulen.

Colin Edwards sat out yesterday's post-race test at Istanbul Park with a swollen knee, a consequence of his being caught up in the first lap crash involving Olivier Jacque, Dani Pedrosa and Chris Vermeulen.

The absence of ‘The Texan Tornado' meant that team-mate Valentino Rossi was on double duty over the course of the day, although the Fiat Yamaha team will be back to full strength for next week's Grand Prix of China at the Shanghai International Circuit. The American took third at last year's race.

Team Director Davide Brivio explained Edwards' situation, and also how the team have gathered data for the Asian visit after identifying the tyre problems suffered on Sunday.

"Today we decided it was better if Colin rested because he had some pain and a lot of swelling in his knee following Sunday's unlucky crash," noted Brivio. "It's not a serious injury but together we agreed it would be better for him to stay off the bike and save himself for China. As a result Valentino had a lot of work to do because he had to take on some of Colin's workload."

"We tried some things in order to gather information to help Michelin to understand what happened, and then tested many tyres in order to find a way forward for China. We learnt a lot and we think we've found a good direction for the next race. Now Yamaha and Michelin will work on this information together and hopefully we can have a better race in Shanghai."

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Colin Edwards

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