Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider Colin Edwards was impressed with the improvements made to his YZR-M1, after getting his first taste of the 2011 satellite race bike during testing at Sepang on Tuesday.

The Texan, preparing to start his ninth season in MotoGP, finished day one in ninth place. But he was only half-a-second from Factory Yamaha's world champion Jorge Lorenzo, in second position.

"They've done a hell of a job. The bike's good. Engine, chassis, everything. The whole package is way better than last year," Edwards told Crash.net.

"We've been on more or less the same chassis for the last few years, but they've definitely come up with something in that department for 2011.

"Nowadays, with the economic crunch on, we don't expect anything super special. But I can say that what we have now is good. And that is the main thing."

Rookie team-mate Cal Crutchlow, still recovering from shoulder surgery, was 16th fastest out of the 20 riders on track.

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