Tech 3 Yamaha's Colin Edwards and Cal Crutchlow head to the 13th round of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Misano keen to produce another pair of positive results.
Just days after Edwards scored a seventh place finish on home soil at Indianapolis and Crutchlow posted a morale-boosting 11th position, the duo is seeking to produce something similar around the Rimini circuit.
Considered a particular favourite for the experienced Edwards, the American is looking to go one better at Misano by qualifying and finishing inside the top six this time.
"Misano was the first track I ever went to with the Yamaha World Superbike Team way back in 1995, so the circuit has always been a very special place to me with a lot of fond memories,” he said. “I've spent a lot of time in that area around Riccione and the beach when I lived there with my family back in 2004, so Misano is always one of the races I'm most excited about going to. The fans are really passionate and they love MotoGP, so there is always a special buzz around the place.
“Last weekend in Indianapolis was a tough race, so to take seventh was still a positive result. You always want more but I know the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team is getting the maximum out of the package we have. It was obvious in Indianapolis that we lack a bit of engine performance, but I still beat a lot of guys on factory equipment, so that proves what a good job we are doing.
“The goal this weekend will be the same as always and that's to qualify on the second row and finish in the top six. We nearly managed both in Indy, so I'm determined to make sure it will be mission accomplished in Misano."
Following a run of disappointing form, Crutchlow was pleased to get a solid result on the board at Indianapolis, but wants to be finishing higher around a circuit he knows from his days competing in the World Superbike Championship.
“After the positive result in Indianapolis I'm really looking forward to Misano now. The first objective in Indianapolis was to finish the race and learn more about the bike, and we accomplished that. That's given my confidence a lift and it wasn't only good for my morale but it was also good for the morale of the Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Team, who have supported me fantastically.
“Of course we want to be finishing higher, but I was happy with my pace in Indianapolis. I was lapping at the same pace that Dani Pedrosa did on his way to winning the race in 2010, but that shows just how fast the guys are going this year. It is a challenge but one that I am up for and the target this weekend will be to try and get back into the top 10.
“At least I don't have to worry about learning the track at Misano and that is a massive bonus before you even start. I just want to get another good result this weekend for all the hard work my crew have been putting in to make it work out for me. I'm sure we can build on last weekend's result and have another strong ride in Misano.”