MotoGP » Edwards donates test to Bridgestone, Yamaha

"Today was just about getting some information for Bridgestone and Yamaha" – Colin Edwards.

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August 17, 2011 12:19 PM

Well this is confusing Crash.

pp916 just told us that Edwards development skills "has have become irrelevant so all he's got left is sentimental value + the money he brings from Yamaha."

Who knew??

Surely pp916 knows better than Yamaha...........

wr86 - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 1:40 PM

Has it been confirmed that Tech 3 is running 1000's next year?

I thought it is more likely they will be running this year's factory bikes.

It is common knowledge Michelin and now Bridgestone value Edwards developmental skills. It's one thing to say if you like or dislike something. It's a rarer thing to be able to explain exactly what the tire is doing to a team of engineers in a way they understand.


August 17, 2011 2:45 PM

@ wr86

Yes, as it stands, Tech 3 will be running the new 1000cc M1 next year. But probably without the more advanced electronics package of the factory bike.

And Yamaha do want Colin on the 1000cc next year, but purely in a development/testing role. That's why you're seeing so many candidates queuing up to chat with Mr Poncharal. Lin Jarvis has made it publically known that he wants Colin to retire at the end of this year.

Personally I'd prefer to see CE2 go back to WSBK than end up in a testing role, but there again the latter would allow him to spend more time with kids, family & his Boot Camp. I wouldn't rule out Colin racing again with Tech 3 in 2012, but there are just a few too many rumours to suggest that it's a likelihood at this point.

pp916 - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 2:47 PM


I never said he lacked those skills but what I did point out was that the Spies & Lorenzo appear to be getting on fine with the 1000 without his input.
Correct me if I'm wrong but Edwards was still riding the satellite Tech 3 bike, not even the works 800 that Spies & Lorenzo were riding, and certainly not the 1000. Are you suggesting that they were instantly fast on the 1000 due to Edwards input and development skills? Sorry, if so I humbly apologise, I hadn't realised that the 1000 was the product of Colin's work...
He generally test tyres for Bridgestone just like he did for Michelin, so what? He doesn't have to be a participating member of the GP paddock to do that, he can hire himself out freelance when his contract with Yamaha has finished.
Any electronic updates he's testing are for this season's 800, that gives him a job till on end of 2011, then what?
If Yamaha aren't going to pay for him to be placed at Tech 3 then he's gone cos Herve certainly won't pay him for


August 17, 2011 3:02 PM

Hey pp916, I can read. You clearly said "any developmental skills he has have become irrelevant" which is clearly not the case - no explanation needed.


I would much rather Edwards go to WSBK next year as well. He has shown a bit of interest the last couple of years so who knows.

pp916 - Unregistered

August 17, 2011 3:53 PM

Accurate quote Rawdawg but taken out of context....its clear that I was specifically refering to Lorenzo & Spies being instantly fast on the 1000, I fail to see how that was achieved as a result of Edwards input. If they're cutting costs he's just another mouth to feed, and if they didn't need him to get to where they are already with the 1000, then he's surplus to requirements.
Most likely he's the only satellite rider that's earning any sort of a wage from a factory, if Yamaha won't pay him (other than in a testing role) nobody else in the GP paddock will so his only option to keep earning out of competing is WSB, but his wage demands would have to be pretty modest there also.

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