Having had three weeks to mull over the last lap technical failure that robbed him of a podium in the Spanish Grand Prix, Colin Edwards is aiming to soothe the pain with at least a top six finish at Estoril on Sunday.
Edwards has twice finished fourth at the Portuguese circuit, in 2006 and 2008, and only once in his nine-year MotoGP career has the Texan failed to finish in the top ten.
"A few years ago I was in the group fighting for the win and I like the Estoril track,” confirmed the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 rider. “I always seem to do pretty well there and it will be good to get back on the bike after a long break.
“The track seems to suit my riding style and with the extra performance we've got with the 2011 Yamaha, I'm confident we can have a strong weekend.
“The Yamaha has always worked good in Estoril and had a good balance there, so there is no reason why I can't go there and think about challenging for at least a top six."
First free practice for the Portuguese Grand Prix takes place on Friday.