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Edwards unconvinced by test showing.

While Jorge Lorenzo was in a positive mood following the MotoGP two-day test at Brno this week, Colin Edwards continues to be frustrated by the lacklustre performance of his Michelin tyres.

Edwards was one of the more vocal critics of Michelin following a dismal showing in the Czech Republic Grand Prix, one that saw the French tyre manufacturer record a finish no better than ninth place.

Indeed, the Tech 3 Yamaha rider was affected more than most as he finished down in a disappointing 14th, just behind team-mate James Toseland, but well over a minute behind race winner Valentino Rossi.

Deciding to remain at Brno to take part in the ensuing collective test, Edwards was pleased to have made progress but questions why similar performance couldn't have been achieved on the race weekend.

“I don't know if we actually improved anything,” he told “I think we could just have found something that should have used on Sunday. We need to sit down and think about the situation a little bit.”

Meanwhile, Edwards is encouraged by MotoGP's endeavour to cut corner speeds following a spate of high-speed crashes in recent rounds. Pointing out that the series has 'outgrown' the circuits on the calendar, Edwards is hopeful something can be done without ruining the spectacle at the same time.

“There are a couple of issues. We've got bikes reaching the safety road now, and that's because of the corner speed. Tyre development has outgrown the tracks that we use.

“We need to engineer something for better safety, and also for a better show. I'm all for making it a bigger spectacle, but two guys out in front with a twelve second lead after six laps? It's a joke to me.”

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papa - Unregistered

August 22, 2008 10:09 AM

The daft thing is, the 800s' were introduced to slow the bikes down and make the sport safer. Within less than two seasons Dorna are looking at ways of slowing corner speeds down when they were the ones instrumental in speeding it up. It really isn't rocket science to work out that most accidents in bike racing happen during a corner. So accidents are up and spectacle is down. A piece of humble pie anyone??

AvTech37 - Unregistered

August 22, 2008 12:57 PM

Problem is that the sport is now controlled by persons ('Expletive' deletive) who don't seem to understand the sport. Indeed, as Papa stated above, the introduction of the 800's by D*rna is now generally regarded as a retrograde step: I seem to remember that most people I know were bemoaning that before they had even hit the track! Seemed obvious to most, but not D*rna, that they would tend to mimic the 250 style and lead to increased corner speed. .......Can't wait for the 600 donkeys to replace the 250's. Yet another masterstroke by the governing muppets, not!

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