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Close teamwork the key for Tech3 duo

Close teamwork the key for Tech3 duo

Colin Edwards and Ben Spies of the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team speak on a range of subjects ahead of the first race of the season in Qatar.

The opening round of the 2010 MotoGP season offers not only the excitement of the first race of the year, but also the chance to see just how productive the pre-season for each team and individual rider really has been.

This year the Monster Yamaha Tech3 team has an all-American line-up of rookie Ben Spies and the more experienced Colin Edwards. Ahead of the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar the duo have given some interesting insights into their preparations, how they have worked together and will continue to do so throughout the season, and a range of other issues that will come into play as the campaign unfolds.

Spies, who has impressed in pre-season Testing on board the M1 prototype, started off by saying: “I’m a little ahead of where I thought I was going to be entering the year, and I think we’re in a good position to keep learning and keep moving up. We also have some big new challenges ahead of us going to some new tracks and not knowing, and just the combination of riding with these guys.”

He continued: “Colin’s been a super-big help. I think this year is going to go really well. We’re definitely competitors. We want to beat each other. We want to beat everybody out there, but I think we both understand that racing against the guys we’re racing against, we can work with each other a little bit to make the bike a little bit better. I think we’re going to be good with sharing information and trying to make the overall package better, and battling it out on the track.”

Spies, who will race under the floodlights of the Losail International Circuit for the first time this weekend, experienced the night-time conditions in the final Test in March.

“It took me a couple of hours to get use to the lights. The speed perception is definitely a little bit quicker than the day just because of the shadows,” he explained. “When you go through the turns, you feel like you’re going a bit faster than during the day. It is a little bit different, but it’s not a mind-blowing experience. It’s just like riding in the rain: It’s the same for everybody. I’ll definitely be more comfortable. I won’t waste as much time during the race weekend as I would have if I had never ridden in it. I’m glad we got to Test in it; I think it’s going to be good and I’m looking forward to it.”

His team-mate Edwards gave his thoughts on the development of the M1 machine and its level compared to that of the factory bike which will be used by Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo.

“This year probably would be the closest they’ve ever been. I’m not saying the bikes are exactly the same but I think they’re a lot closer than before. That’s about all we can really ask for, being a sister team,” said Edwards. “When you look at the speed charts, we’re right there. Everybody’s running well.”

Edwards believes that means there is an even higher chance that a satellite bike, such as that of his team, can taste race victory this season.

“Absolutely,” he stated. “It’s going to be difficult; I’m not going to lie to you. Anybody that’s going to bet against Valentino’s got their head screwed on wrong. But it’s definitely a possibility. Like I said, this is the closest our bikes have ever been to factory spec, so if there was ever a year it was going to flat-out happen, this is definitely one of those years.”

MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Ben Spies, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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