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Colin Edwards ready for Aprilia switch

29 August 2012

Several races may have passed since the possibility of Colin Edwards switching from a Suter-BMW to ART (Aprilia) first emerged, but it seems the Texan could finally make the change for the forthcoming Misano round.

Edwards made his ART debut during Monday's Brno test, when he rode the Speed Master machine of Mattia Pasini.

On paper, the day didn't look a success - Edwards being left at the tail of the timesheets and several seconds slower than his best race lap on the Suter-BMW.

However, the 38-year-old Forward Racing rider cited his physical condition and said that, sickness aside, it had been a positive experience.

“The bike feels good - I woke up and I don't know if I got the 'flu or something, I feel a little strange today,” Edwards told MotoGP.com.

“We've made some small changes to try and get comfortable, but yeah, it feels good.”

Edwards then stated that the Aprilia shares favorable characteristics with the M1 Yamaha he raced for Tech 3 in 2011.

“The power is so smooth and very similar to what I had last year,” he said. “The way that everything is being designed nowadays - linear power and the way the engine is. That is the biggest difference.

“I don't know yet,” he said of a machinery switch for Misano. “I need to talk with my team boss Giovanni [Cuzari], put our heads together and come up with a decision... [but] I think so, that's why we are here testing it.”

Edwards, who missed the Estoril and Le Mans rounds due to injury, is 17th in the world championship and 28 points behind the leading CRT rider of Aleix Espargaro (Aspar ART).

The Misano round will be held from September 14-16.


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