Colin Edwards revived memories of his 2009 form as he finished in sixth place at the end of this week's Sepang MotoGP test, between the two Factory Yamahas.
The Texan, who will be 37 on Sunday, spent the entire test working on a range of different geometry settings, to find the maximum turning performance with a new chassis he first evaluated in the opening Sepang test.
“This test has been awesome for us and I've had a lot of fun, even though the conditions have been really extreme with the heat,” said Edwards, who will be starting his ninth season of MotoGP competition at Qatar next month.
“I've got a lot of experience and I've been riding motorcycles forever, but even I'm still learning a lot and I've really enjoyed coming here and changing the bike to see what does and doesn't work.
“I've figured out a lot of things with the new bike and the Bridgestone tyres and I've also learned that for an old guy, I'm not finished yet.
“I spent most of the test working on the new chassis, mainly experimenting with geometry and we made a lot of progress. My team is really smart and together we played around with a few ideas and got the bike to a point where I'm really satisfied.
“We improved front feeling compared to the last test and we can finish the corner a lot better. I'm really happy with the progress with rear traction too. Yamaha has done a great job and we leave Malaysia tired but with a lot of confidence.
“I'm now looking forward to getting Qatar and starting the racing.”
Edwards finished fifth in the 2009 world championship, and was the top satellite rider, but struggled to eleventh overall last year.