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Positive comeback for Colin Edwards at the Catalunya GP

Colin Edwards comes back to his NGM Mobile Forward Racing Suter-BMW bike and the feeling is good. The American rider was 17th during this morning’s session (1´46.748) and was able to improve Turing the afternoon session by 9 tenths (1´45.868), making him gain one more position.

It is an unexpected beginning considering the fact that he has spent almost a month without riding after the fracture of his collarbone at Estoril. His great physical condition and the good weather conditions Colin and the team get back to work on the chassis and the electronics with narrowing the gap with the top CRTs as main goal.

Colin Edwards

“My collarbone feels good, it’s still a bit tender to touch but when I put my leathers on today I honestly didn’t feel it, I don’t have any pain, no problem there. Today we started off with what we had at Portugal, some engine mapping changes with what the team found with Chris (Vermeulen) at Le Mans, which was an improvement. This afternoon we went out with bike nº2, which has a different engine spec and we had zero chatter. We were able to go longer, lifted it up to get a little more transfer. I am excited that we can go long and not have any chatter and actually use the power that we have. The problems was that we had to go so short to get rid of the chatter and we couldn’t use the power and now that has changed a little bit so feeling a bit happy about that. Its not going to be easy work but the bike being a bit longer makes it a bit easier on me.”

Sergio Verbena – Crew Chief

“Today the gap from the first is better than in the last races thanks to the improvements we have made. This morning we began with the same setting that we used at Estoril but it didn’t work out. In the end we found a way to improve Colin’s feeling and be faster in the corner. We made some improvement this afternoon that made his feeling with the bike better and solved the chatter problem. This afternoon we didn’t have chatter so we were able to improve the lap times. Now we are only 1 second from the best CRT bike and 3.7 seconds away from today’s fastest rider. Now we have to work on decreasing the gap.”

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MotoGP, 2012, Colin Edwards, NGM Mobile Forward Racing

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