Edwards and Corti both hit trouble in Qatar

Monday, 8 April 2013

Sunday marked a disappointing and frustrating start to the 2013 MotoGP™ campaign for NGM Mobile Forward Racing, with Colin Edwards being forced to withdraw from the race as new teammate Claudio Corti damaged his bike.

The pair lined up 19th and 21st on the grid, with the American leading the Italian. The latter would go on to finish ahead of two rivals in 16th, whereas the more experienced of the pair watched the end of the race from the pit lane.

“We made a change just before the race, going a little bit harder on the front forks spring, and the bike was fantastic,” an enthusiastic Edwards began. “It did everything right tonight. I started the race feeling confident and tried to heat up the clutch to get it to slip and it didn’t slip at all, so then I had to readjust and lost positions.

“The start was terrible; I saw the guys in front of me and started to make some moves…with seven laps to go I had an issue at Turn 10. I shifted down to fifth gear and it would come back to fourth, so I would have to shift again and it broke the front sprocket. I was lucky the chain didn’t lock up the wheel. Thanks to my team, my bike felt good today. We were just unlucky.”

Corti’s ride signaled the start of his first full season in the top class, having contested last year’s season-ending Grand Prix of Valencia with the same outfit.

“Just after a really good start I managed to take some positions, but my eagerness to be close in on de Puniet caused me to run wide at the first turn,” he said frankly. “While coming back on I must have damaged the front rim on the curb and it caused me to have vibrations. A real shame because I was convinced of being able to have a good race.”

The next stop for Forward Racing is Austin, Texas and a true home race for Edwards at the new Circuit of the Americas.

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