Late setup changes pay off for Edwards

Wednesday, 5 June 2013

Colin Edwards scored two points and his team’s best result of 2013 thus far following late setup changes at Mugello on Sunday, although the American still feels his NGM Mobile Forward Racing bike is lacking in power.

With Edwards and teammate Claudio Corti having qualified their FTR-Kawasakis 17th and 18th on the grid on Saturday, the outfit elected to make modifications in the pre-race Warm-Up session in a bid to improve pace for the race.

“I thought I had a pretty good start and a few laps in Claudio got by me on the straight.” Edwards recalled. “I sat behind him for a few laps, knowing that we could both could go a little bit quicker. I then got behind him and pushed as hard as I could, got passed him, passed Laverty and then Hernandez. It was a hard race.

“We are losing out. Following some of these guys and seeing how they can just roll through (corners), I would like to be able to let go of the brake more, but I have to keep load on the front. Normally we would run a setting all weekend and run minor changes on Sunday morning, but we tried a completely new swingarm and it was definitely better. We are constantly testing at every race.”

As Edwards finished 14th to score for the second time this season after the Spanish Grand Prix, teammate Claudio Corti suffered much pain after he was stung during the race by a bee; the Italian would eventually retire from his home event.

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