Colin Edwards was feeling much more optimistic after the opening day of practice at the Sachsenring in Germany after encountering a 'major' electrical issue at Assen.

Speculation suggests Edwards' NGM Forward Racing team will consider switching to a different CRT bike unless they can squeeze some improvement from the Suter-BMW.

But there was a more upbeat mood in the camp following today's practice for the eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship after the team solved some the electronic issues that had been hampering Edwards at recent rounds.

In the dry session in the morning, the popular Texan finished 13th overall behind CRT rival Randy de Puniet and a little over a second adrift of factory Ducati star Valentino Rossi in 11th.

Edwards said: "On Wednesday we found out we had a major issue electronically at Assen; the power that was delivered wasn't exactly what was calculated.

"So they fixed that problem and I started to understand, even before I got on the bike, some of the problems that I was having in the last few races.

"It was a mistake, we fixed it and I knew that when we would get back on the bike it would be better and I would have more throttle control," he added.

"It felt good this morning; everything seems to work and then this afternoon it rained. Whenever you have a problem it gets amplified by the rain, in the dry you can get away with it but not in the rain so we struggled in the afternoon.

"We still have to work on the throttle control in the rain."


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