Monster Yamaha Tech 3 MotoGP star Colin Edwards made his Moto2 debut during testing at Valencia on Monday.

While most MotoGP riders were nursing a hangover from Sunday's season finale, Edwards offered to help Tech 3 work on its 2011 Moto2 bike.

Edwards, who has eight years of MotoGP experience and will stay at Tech 3 for 2011, rode for 54 laps alongside the French team's new Moto2 riders Mike di Meglio and Bradley Smith.

The Texan set a best lap time of 1min 38.7sec, which was the same as Moto2 rookie Smith and half a second behind di Meglio, who rode for Aspar in Moto2 this year.

"It has been a long time since I rode a 600. Maybe it was back in Daytona in 1994 but today was a lot of fun and I hope the team got a lot of useful information out of it," sid Edwards.

"It was my idea to help them out and try and give them some pointers for the 2011 bike and I'm sure they appreciated a different perspective.

"Bradley is obviously new to Moto2 and Mike is coming off a difficult season, so it was worthwhile me just trying to give them some of my experience and input. All I did was work on a lot of spring rates rather go out to push for a quick lap.

"I didn't go out to set the world on fire and I've ridden a MotoGP bike for so long that anything was going to feel pretty strange. But I adapted to the style within about 25 laps and the times came down and I got much smoother.

"It was an entertaining experience and a useful exercise for the crew."

Edwards will ride his M1 at Valencia during testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.



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