Edwards forced to retrace steps on Friday

Edwards forced to retrace steps on Friday
Friday, 19 April 2013

Colin Edwards was left with bittersweet feelings in Texas on Friday. Although the local rider was delighted to be in action at Circuit of the Americas, he and NGM Mobile Forward Racing made a wrong setup call and had to go back on their idea.

Instead of progressing throughout the afternoon session, Edwards in effect had to work in the wrong direction – reversing changes until he was more comfortable. The track had now changed as the ambient temperature had risen.

“This morning we got some ideas and in the second practice, instead of holding station with the setting we knew kind of works, we decided to soften the rear and make some changes for the problems we were having with the cold temperature (of the morning),” the FTR rider explained.

“Obviously it was 40 degree Celsius track temperature when we went back out there for the second session. We just started off wrong and tried to use the rest of the session to go back to where we were. The good news is we got more laps in and got to know the track better. We need to go over the data and make it better for tomorrow.”

Edwards is one of five Americans in the field this weekend. Not only are regulars Nicky Hayden and Ben Spies competing for Ducati Team and Ignite Pramac Racing respectively, but also present are wildcard riders Blake Young and Michael Barnes of their corresponding Attack Performance Racing and GPTech outfits.

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