Colin Edwards, the biggest name to sign-up for the new Claiming Rule Team class in MotoGP, will continue development of his Suter-BMW alongside the full factory prototypes at Sepang on January 31.
The three-day test will mark an 'emotional' return to Malaysia for the Texan, who - along with Valentino Rossi - was involved in last October's fatal race-day accident for Marco Simoncelli.
Shoulder injuries suffered by Edwards in the incident meant he missed what would have been his Tech 3 Yamaha farewell at Valencia, but he was fit enough to make his debut for the Forward Racing team during a test at Jerez in November.
"Well first, going back to Sepang is going to be emotional enough,” said Edwards, during an interview with MotoGP.com
. “I think it's important to go there and get back on the track after what happened a few months ago.”
Turning to his machinery, the Texan revealed that his biggest priority at the test will be to improve the electronics that control the S1000RR superbike-based engine.
"The bike has a lot of potential, but we are so held back right now we can only ride the bike at 65 percent because the electronics are not anything like what I am accustomed to and they aren't consistent enough,” he said.
“With things like picking up the throttle smoothly and the traction control, it's almost like having to reinvent the wheel.
“I've never worked with the Bosch system or Magneti Marelli before, but there were a couple of their guys at the test in Jerez taking notes, and from what I know they fulfilled all of my request as far as what we need at this next test."
The 37-year-old, renowned for his development skills, added that chassis changes will only be made once he's satisfied with the electronics.
“Until you can ride the bike at 100 percent, you are going to go in circles if you start changing things. You first need to fix the electronics, that is the main thing."