Colin Edwards admits he was taking it fairly easy during the mock 'qualifying' session held at the end of the final MotoGP test in Jerez after seeing Casey Stoner destroy the opposition.
Edwards was hopeful that he could mount a challenge to win the prize of a new BMW, but admitted he wouldn't have been up there should the lap times creep into the 1min 39secs bracket.
When Stoner went on to produce a 1min 39.1secs lap time, Edwards was happy to back off and preserve himself ahead of the start of the season, particularly in light of Monster Tech 3 Yamaha team-mate James Toseland's heavy off during the same session.
Nonetheless, despite finishing in the mid-field with the tenth quickest lap of the session, Edwards is feeling confident ahead of the new season.
“I started the timed session and I knew I could do a low 40 but to do a 39 I just didn't have the right set-up. The harder I tried to push I seemed to get more chatter and it was a bit of a speed limit. We've got a good idea of how to make it better and we are just a little bit too hard on the front fork spring.
“When I saw Casey do a 39.1 on only his third lap, I knew my package wasn't ready to do that and I'm not going to take any risks with the first race so close. I'm happy with the way the winter has gone. Yamaha has done a great job and at every test we have been competitive. I can't wait for the first race to try and get a good start for Monster and Yamaha.”