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Edwards ends preseason with enthusiastic assessment

Edwards ends preseason with enthusiastic assessment

Like his impressive Tech3 Yamaha team-mate James Toseland, American rider Colin Edwards looked ready for the start of the 2008 MotoGP season during the two day test visit to the scene of next weeks first race of the year in Qatar.

Like his impressive Tech3 Yamaha team-mate James Toseland, American rider Colin Edwards looked ready for the start of the 2008 MotoGP season during the two day test visit to the scene of next weeks first race of the year in Qatar.

The second night of testing under the Losail International circuits state-of-the-art floodlight system saw Edwards complete 50 laps and finish fourth on the timesheet with a best effort of 155.464, under a second off Jorge Lorenzos hot lap.

Edwards set his best time on a Michelin qualifier, but long distance runs on race tyres also produced encouraging results, with the Texan delighted at the significant improvements made by the French tyre suppliers on their race compounds.

At the conclusion of winter testing on Friday Edwards told motogp.com: It was good, better than Thursday, when I had a couple of issues with provisional vision. You know youre used to looking ahead and knowing youre on the curve, on the exit of a corner, and I didnt really trust it yesterday.

Today I went out, just trusted my line and I carried the speed and momentum I wanted to. Its a bit different at night, but I just had to adjust to it.

Ive always gone well here and I like this track, continued Edwards. Obviously James (Toseland) has won here in Superbikes so he goes well here too and his lap today was pretty impressive. At the same time we just seem to be getting along well and everything seems to be going pretty well.

Thanks to Michelin, because they have come up with some good things and we have got our race tyres more or less picked out and Yamaha are there, helping us out as well.

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MotoGP, 2008, Colin Edwards

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