Colin Edwards gave his NGM Forward Suter BMW team some welcome positive publicity by challenging the Aspar ART riders for top CRT honours during free practice at Laguna Seca.

Having made headlines with his frank comments about the quality of his bike in the run up to his home event, Edwards enjoyed a positive first day at Laguna Seca as he took on the dominant Aspar ART riders of Aleix Espargaro and Randy de Puniet to set the 13th best time.

Happy to hit the ground running, though Edwards is concerned he has already reached the bike's maximum potential, he was satisfied with the opening day

"Today started pretty well. We clearly had two different bike setting, one same as one that worked fine in Sachsenring, and the other from Mugello. We went out this morning and right off the bat we got lucky and everything seemed to work pretty good and most of the CRT guys hadn't been here before too.

"We kind of hit a wall this afternoon, we tried a different bike but went back to the bike we knew, but didn't improve our lap time as much. In the end we need to find a second.

"If I could just let off the front break earlier, that seems to be our biggest problem right now and be able to roll around the corner, that's where we lose our speed."