Edwards ‘comfortable’ with plans for future

Edwards ‘comfortable’ with plans for future
Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Colin Edwards is itching to get out on-track as MotoGP™ heads to his home state of Texas this weekend. The NGM Mobile Forward Racing rider, having switched from a Suter-BMW to an FTR-Kawasaki for 2013, is far more upbeat with the potential.

Having been the leading CRT runner in last year’s season-opening Qatar Grand Prix, Edwards was unable to match that form at any of the following races. Having now swapped his machinery, the 39-year-old’s levels of optimism have risen significantly.

“We had do to a lot of work in a short amount of time,” he explains in a motogp.com video feature. “As far as the chassis with FTR and the engine with ‘Kawa’ is concerned, it’s been great. (Now) it’s just trying to figure out how to map it and make it run smoothly.

“The potential is a gazillion times better than what we had last year. At the end of the day, when you make a change and you feel it – whether it’s better or worse – that’s a step in the right direction. It wasn’t like that last year. It’s nice to get on a machine that you can tune, that you can play with. We have been making it a lot better.”

Ahead of his 20th year of travelling backwards and forwards across the Atlantic Ocean in order to race in Europe, Edwards is also cheerful when conversing over next season.

“I like the direction we are discussing, with regards to packages that are available for next year,” he begins to sum up. “More competitive. So I’m happy, I’m comfortable and I want to go out and ride and get on a package that I can push with.”

The start of the new season transpired to be a frustrating one for Edwards, who was forced to withdraw in Qatar because of a broken front sprocket.

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