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Experienced Edwards reminded of childhood by night ride

Experienced Edwards reminded of childhood by night ride

Tech3 Yamaha's veteran campaigner Colin Edwards has encountered hugely varied conditions across the globe during his marathon riding career, but MotoGP's first ever night test on Thursday presented a new set of circumstances for all 18 participants, including the popular Texan.

Tech3 Yamaha's veteran campaigner Colin Edwards has encountered hugely varied conditions across the globe during his marathon riding career, but MotoGP's first ever night test on Thursday presented a new set of circumstances for all 18 participants, including the popular Texan.

The American competitor, who celebrated his 34th birthday on Wednesday, was reminded of his childhood dirt-tracking days by the experience of night-riding in the Qatari desert.

Whilst his rookie Tech3 team-mate James Toseland was further up the timesheet in fifth place, Edwards' best effort of 1'56.762 on the 61st of a considerable total of 86 laps saw him end the historical Losail International session in tenth place – but he appeared to have enjoyed the unusual practice run.

"It reminded me of Friday night races when I was about eight years old down at the motocross track," reflected the Yamaha rider. "But it's cool. They say it's like daylight I heard, but it's not to be honest, though there is still enough visibility to do some good lap times."

"On the safety side there's no problem. It's not an issue on safety, it's just a matter of us ‘spoiled' MotoGP riders accepting it!" joked Edwards, before adding: "No, it's good really! It's different because it's always been really hot here and for Michelin and the other guys to come here they don't really know what to expect. They know what the track temperature will be and what the surface is, so we just have to test and that's what we're doing."

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MotoGP, 2008, Colin Edwards

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