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Edwards: “We haven’t lost any engine power”

Edwards: “We haven’t lost any engine power”

With the introduction of the six engines per rider rule in MotoGP for 2010 the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider gives his view on how it has affected him after three races, and also looks forward to Mugello.

As one of the more seasoned riders in the MotoGP paddock Colin Edwards’ view on technical rule changes is one based on a wealth of previous experience, and the Monster Yamaha Tech3 rider – currently in his eighth campaign in the World Championship – has discussed how the 2010 engine regulations have influenced his season so far.

“We are always swapping and changing and trying to keep as few miles as possible on all the engines,” said the American, as all the MotoGP teams attempt to manage the maximum quota of six engines per rider for the whole 18-round season. “The engines have been made more reliable and faster and I think it’s good, it doesn’t feel like we’ve lost any power, not yet anyway.”

Edwards has used two of his engines in the three rounds so far; engine one was used in the races at Losail and Le Mans, and number two for the race at Jerez. “We are happy with the engine, it seems like everybody is in the same boat so we go with it. We’re only at the third race so ask me in 14 or 15 races and then we’ll see!” he added.

Also discussed by the 36 year-old in the attached video was the electronics package on his M1-YZR prototype. The Tech3 crew are constantly working to improve the set-up on Edwards’ machine, and he hopes to feel the benefits very soon.

“I don’t know what Yamaha want me to say or not to say but obviously they are working all the time on trying to make the electronics better,” he said. “We have a good setting that we know works, but we are always trying to improve it and I think that we still have a few more things we need to test before we probably start running the new stuff.”

Whether or not those updates will be in place in time for round four at Mugello remains to be seen. Nevertheless Edwards is looking forward the Gran Premio d’Italia TIM, a race he finished sixth in last year in what was an eventful wet-to-dry contest.

“In Italy we had a pretty good flag to flag race last year. We were back in 12th and came back to finish sixth,” said Edwards. “If it was completely dry this year that would be great! I have never been on the podium at Mugello so to do that this year would be fantastic.”

MotoGP, 2010, Colin Edwards, Monster Yamaha Tech 3

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