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Edwards rides Moto2

"It was my idea to help them out and try and give them some pointers for the 2011 bike and I'm sure they appreciated a different perspective" - Colin Edwards.
Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP star Colin Edwards made his Moto2 debut during testing at Valencia on Monday.

While most MotoGP riders were nursing a hangover from Sunday's season finale, Edwards offered to help Tech 3 work on its 2011 Moto2 bike.

Edwards, who has eight years of MotoGP experience and will stay at Tech 3 for 2011, rode for 54 laps alongside the French team's new Moto2 riders Mike di Meglio and Bradley Smith.

The Texan set a best lap time of 1min 38.7sec, which was the same as Moto2 rookie Smith and half a second behind di Meglio, who rode for Aspar in Moto2 this year.

"It has been a long time since I rode a 600. Maybe it was back in Daytona in 1994 but today was a lot of fun and I hope the team got a lot of useful information out of it," sid Edwards.

"It was my idea to help them out and try and give them some pointers for the 2011 bike and I'm sure they appreciated a different perspective.

"Bradley is obviously new to Moto2 and Mike is coming off a difficult season, so it was worthwhile me just trying to give them some of my experience and input. All I did was work on a lot of spring rates rather go out to push for a quick lap.

"I didn't go out to set the world on fire and I've ridden a MotoGP bike for so long that anything was going to feel pretty strange. But I adapted to the style within about 25 laps and the times came down and I got much smoother.

"It was an entertaining experience and a useful exercise for the crew.”

Edwards will ride his M1 at Valencia during testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.

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fan - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 9:10 PM

Jake, My guess would be because Yamaha has stated it, Rossi has stated it, and both Michelin and Bridgestone have said it. But what would they know right? Your results may vary.

Cool_Town - Unregistered

November 08, 2010 10:24 PM

Knowing how to solve a problem, and how to fix a set up issue is not the same as actually getting the job done on the track. Jeremy Burgess can figure out how to solve many issues in a bike's set up, but can he actually go out there and pound a fast lap? No. Its not hard to imagine colin is useful in a similar way. A rider can give great feedback to the engineers without actually being fast. It has been stated that colin is very capable in giving such feedback. By the way, money had nothing to do with colin coming to GPs. If he had money he would have gotten the Repsol ride over nicky in 2003. His willingness to ride for a 'low' salary of ~250k euro is part of the reason is he staying on, sure I'll give you that. Tech 3 is a poor team. Remember that. Poncharal cannot under any circumstances field two rookies in one season, especially since one is Cal Crutchlow. Edwards is cheap, he can help cal a tad, maybe, and he won't crash bikes.

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