“But we have limited track time and Colin is already in the USA and has a lot of things to do. The main thing is also to make our Moto2 race riders Yuki [Takahashi] and Raffaele [de Rosa] feel at home on the bike.
“If it had been 2006-7-8, when there was no problem with the economy, maybe I would have asked Colin to ride it - even just from a media point of view it would have been exciting.
“Now we are not in the scenario. But if I have the chance to put Colin on the bike I will take it. And I'm sure Colin's comments and feedback would be very, very accurate.”
Poncharal then underlined just why he is so keen to keep Edwards as part of his team.
“You can rely on Colin's comments. Always,” he said. “You just have to ask Yamaha, Ohlins, Brembo and especially Bridgestone how good Colin is as a test rider and at being able to explain to all the engineers, in every department, what he is feeling.
“For me he is the top guy for that. Maybe the