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Edwards with suspension issues to resolve

Edwards with suspension issues to resolve

Colin Edwards found the going bumpy at Laguna on Friday as he prepared for his home race.

Arriving at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix full of confidence after his strong performance and fourth placed finish at Assen, Colin Edwards was further down the timesheet than he would have liked on Friday at Laguna Seca.

In search of his 100th point-scoring GP finish this weekend in California the Texan is confident he can improve on his Friday pace, having finished the first session in ninth place with a best time of 1’23.285.

Making his first U.S. appearance on Bridgestone tyres, having struggled with grip last year as he finished the race 14th, the 35-year-old was more than half a second down on fourth placed Dani Pedrosa in FP1, having encountered some front and rear suspension issues at the West Coast circuit.

“It hasn’t been that great really,” commented Edwards after the practice. “The tyres are great but the bike is feeling way too stiff. We need to do some work on Friday night on our springs and damping to figure it out. I had some similar problems last year, with not enough movement from the suspension, because the seat and the handlebars are moving too much and nothing is getting absorbed.”

He continued, “There are a lot of bumps out there on the track and we do go to a few rough tracks but I forgot how rough it was here. There are some humungous bumps out there and they are not round, they are square so we need to get that figured out.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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