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Edwards puts Sepang time down to setup reversion

Edwards puts Sepang time down to setup reversion

Colin Edwards switched back to his early-season setup in order to take the top spot in the combined Friday timesheet.

In Tech 3 Yamaha´s first test for the 2008 season, Colin Edwards scrapped his settings and started afresh at the Sepang circuit. Coming to the close of the year, another big change -a reversion to a previous setup- enabled the `Texas Tornado´ to record the fastest time in practice for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Edwards clocked a 2´02.667 lap in the second practice session, although the nature of the improvement left a somewhat bitter taste in his mouth.

`It´s very disappointing in a way, actually,´ said the Yamaha satellite rider as the day drew to its conclusion. `In midseason we put a really large offset on the bike, and I think that we´ve proved the theory about teaching an old dog new tricks.

`I´ve been on a particular offset with the front forks for three-and-a-half years, and we had some good results after changing it. Then we went even bigger and it all went downhill after that; I struggled with the front end and grip.´

The switch back came at Edwards´ behest, as he looks to end his season in a positive manner.

`I thought that I need to go back to what I know, and it felt great straight away; just natural and like I can ride it again.´

Despite his frustration, the breakthrough could be key to the 34 year-old earning a good result in Sepang, and the American won´t be looking back when he attempts to place on the front row on Saturday.

`We did the change, now we´re back, and I´m ready to go,´ Edwards concluded.

MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Colin Edwards, Tech 3 Yamaha

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